BP Works to Protect Gulf's Natural Resources

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BRETON ISLAND, La. -- British Petroleum has begun working Thursday to stop the oil leak that is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup crews are taking every step they can to prevent the massive oil slick from coming ashore.

Several layers of boom now surround Breton Island, one of the barrier islands off Louisiana's coast. Crews have worked hard to make sure no oil reaches the island's shores because it is a sanctuary to dozens of species of birds.

It's not the first time Breton Island has taken a beating. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina literally swallowed three quarters of the island.

The island is just one of the many concerns weighing on the minds of residents along the Gulf Coast. The issue that concerns them the most is the uncertainty about the future.

"If you were able to save your boat, you could come back and go to work," fishing captain Carey O'Neal said. "Everybody has their boat, but they can't go to work because of the spills so it's a little different situation now."

The booms that crews are using to protect the marshes and land from the oil have three layers: a white absorbent layer, an orange plastic layer to keep the oil out, and a moppy strand to pick up any globs of oil should they make their way to Brenton Island.

Crews have been doing all they can to protect the Gulf Coast's precious natural resources, the jobs of thousands of fishermen and the economy that is not only important to the Gulf states, but also the entire nation.

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