Federal official says only a “narrow window” of time “before the oil becomes too far embedded in the substrate to reach via mechanical means”

Oil cleanup continues on Mississippi barrier islands, AP, September 07, 2010:

“Preservation of the wilderness character of Horn and Petit Bois is of the utmost importance,” [Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown] said. “However, we only have a narrow window of opportunity in which to respond before the oil becomes too far embedded in the substrate to reach via mechanical means.

“These are tough choices that have to be made to ensure the islands’ natural processes are allowed to continue unimpeded.”

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