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Shrimper Minh V. Le of Bayou La Batre had both of his boats out skimming for oil initially, but one has been deactivated.

“A lot of us have put a lot of sweat into the program,” he said. “You’ve got a 100-degree heat index, and there’s a lot of wear and tear on our boats. If something breaks down, it can cost $30,000. What they’re paying isn’t a drop in the bucket.”

Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Orange Beach, Ala.; Michael Kunzelman, Janet McConnaughey and Phuong Le in New Orleans; Ben Feller and Frederic J. Frommer in Washington; and Robert Barr in London contributed to this report, along with AP energy writer Chris Kahn in New York.