Tropical Storms: Why “tar balls miles inland” are only the beginning of the problem

Storm could leave oil gushing for 2 weeks, St. Petersburg Times, June 25, 2010:

And they would also have to pull out all the boats now skimming oil off the surface. ...

After the storm passes, he said, they would have to coordinate with state and federal agencies in charge of hurricane cleanup and search and rescue — and that would spread their available personnel even thinner.

A tropical storm or a hurricane could do more than just chase away the cleanup crews for two weeks. It could rip apart any protective booms that have been deployed to protect marshes or shorelines. It could drive oil into the sediment just offshore, where it would be hard to clean up. And it could hurl oil-soaked debris and tar balls miles inland.

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