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Im no epa person nor a oil spill expert but it seems they are having bouy issues of coming apart and so on. Just an idea for the pass s to keep this out why cant we use empty barges tied end to end to block off the pass and also line them on the gulf side with bouys. the barges are deep enough and tall enough to stop the flow and can be skimmed into these barges. Also the barges will act as a wall for the bouys not to have as much stress and come apart.Tugs could help hold the barges in place as well as anchors. Just a thought is all so guys dont kill me on this Im sure we all have ideas.
 

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quick answer to that is where are they going to get that many barges?
 

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What sealark said plus,,,The current is way too swift. You would need to set a very large swing circle and drag circle, andthen set a 24/7 anchor watch and monitor with a large surface vessel that has a great radar. Plus either beach alidades or barge for doing a visual sight verification and taking a fix at least every 30mins. It would never hold, and the obstruction in the pass would probably just emulsify the oil as it passes.
 

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could the barges be put in place at the passes to channel the slick or funnel it to be cleaned /processed / skimmedthe oil seems to be on the surface water would still flow under the barge maybe place polution booms along the barge. Just a thought
 

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Barges would have a better chance of working than booms. Booms are only effective in currents <1 knot and calm seas. You would have to find enough barges and figure out a way to hold them in place.Bottom line, it will be very difficult to block oil at any pass or bridge with substantial currents.
 
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