Forgetting BP: County vows to take measures to protect beaches and estuaries, yet only 1 mile of protective boom for 14 miles of sensitive environmental waters threatened by spill
Palm Beach County vows that it, not BP, will be in charge of cleanup here, Palm Beach Post, June 10:
Using booms to completely block the county's four inlets is not part of their plan, officials said. The currents are too strong and the oil globs too heavy for them to be effective, they said.Instead, officials are focusing their efforts on protecting sensitive mangroves, sea grasses and oyster reefs, which have been ranked based on their environmental significance. The highest-ranking areas would receive booms first.
The county has also pinpointed areas where water currents naturally draw trash and debris. Those areas are being monitored for signs of oil, officials have said.