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Gulf Oil Spill
Sun July 25, 2010
Wetland Protection Plans During Oil Spill May Be Revised
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Leaving lines of floating barriers around marshland may be discontinued. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says it's a lesson learned from preparations made ahead of the weekend storm.
"If you leave boom unattended in a very sensitive area and there's a high surge, sometimes just the mechanical action of the boom itself being dragged over the marshes may be something that's not desirable."
Allen says a better practice may be moving the boom away from areas farthest from the oil. He says broken boom lines could cause more damage to the delicate plant systems than the oil. Officials in coastal areas will be working with the Coast Guard on revising protection plans.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.