Second Tropical Storm Threatens Gulf Coast

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Another storm is threatening oil spill clean up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning. The storm is currently following the same path that hurricane Alex did, and already stirring up six-foot waves.

The latest storm means even more delays for the oil clean up. It could put off the final hook-up of a third oil collection vessel by at least three days.

The hurricane season is only in its opening weeks. Still, Britsh Petroleum's latest plan to contain that leaking well has a July 27 deadline.

On top of another storm, and months of oil gushing into the Gulf, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is also frustrated with work of the federal government. He says it's dragging its feet when it comes to the rock barrier he wants to protect the coast.

"The bottom line is this, there are some bureaucrats in D.C. who believe that rocks and water are more dangerous than oil and water and that is ridiculous to the people who live and work along this coast," Jindal said.

"It is incredibly frustrating over a month later for them to simply say no. And not offer an alternative," he said.

Meanwhile, the spill has already changed the lives of restaurant owners along the Gulf.

"We are feeling the crunch from the shrimp industry," said restaurant manager Steve Achor.

"The affect on the oysters and shrimp started coming through maybe three, four weeks ago," said another restaurant owner Joe Monsour.

Restaurants have seen shrimp prices jump $2 a pound and it's forced them to raise their prices to cover the cost.

However, at least one business is suing BP for the difference.

"I think we may not have seen the worst of it yet," Achor said.

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