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Gulf Oil Spill: High Tides & Winds Hamper Efforts, Fisheries & Tourism Threatened.

Heavy winds and high tides complicated efforts to hold back oil that threatened to coat birds and other marine life as it oozed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. The White House responded to the massive spill by halting any new offshore oil projects until safeguards are in place to prevent rig explosions like the one that caused it.

The NWS predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes of southeastern Louisiana. Seas of 6 to 7' were pushing tides several feet above normal toward the coast, compounded by thunderstorms expected in the area. The wind was pushing oily water over the booms meant to contain it.

Bon Secour Fisheries n Alabama today joined the growing legal battle against BP Plc and the other companies involved with a drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The oil spill has the potential to devastate the Gulf Coast region - economically, biologically & ecologically.