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States grapple for fair share of booms

From the Mississippi River Delta to the sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle, folks are scrambling to place enough boom to protect their shorelines from the massive oil slick creeping toward the Gulf Coast.

So far, more than 225 miles of the floating barriers have been put out to try to keep oil from reaching fragile areas. But the rush for boom has led to arguments over allocation, given the pressing need and limited supply.

Sen. David Vitter, for one, raised the issue Wednesday in a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, who is leading recovery efforts in the Gulf, saying the push to fortify Louisiana's coast with boom is “falling short.”


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