Oil-Sucking Barges Delayed for Procedural Checks

Bobby Jindal is furious.

Last week, he commissioned a fleet of 16 barges to comb the Gulf with vacuum equipment and suck up crude oil, and they had been working surprisingly well—until the Coast Guard stopped them on Wednesday, forcing them to sit at port for 24 hours. Authorities, to Jindal’s frustration, wanted to check things like whether there were enough fire extinguishers and life vests on board, ABC News reports.

Sixteen barges sat stationary Thursday, although they had been sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.