Engineers will not use hair to soak Gulf oil spill

Engineers will not use hair to soak Gulf oil spill

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Oil booms lie alongside Bayou La Loutre in Hopedale, La., at a BP Lpc oil boom deployment location Monday, May 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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by Greg Bluestein / Associated Press

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Posted on May 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

COVINGTON, La.  -- Engineers will not use booms made out of hair to soak up the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Barbers have collected hair in hopes that it could contain the ooze as it invades deeper into coastal marshland. But crews said Saturday they concluded using the hair was not feasible, and the organizations collecting the hair were asked to stop doing so.

Engineers said a test conducted in February during an oil spill in Texas showed that commercial boom absorbed more oil and less water than hair boom.

Charlie Henry of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said booms made from hair became water-logged and sank within a short period of time.

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