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  • A boat skims oil in Mobile Bay near workboats and barges that sought refuge in the bay from Hurricane Alex near Dauphin Island, Ala., on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore along the Alabama and Florida coasts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    EDITORIAL: Obama's ban on skimmers

    While millions of gallons of oil flow into the Gulf, oil skimmers from many countries are sitting on the sidelines. This includes the world's largest, known as A Whale. The enormous Taiwanese skimmer is as long as three-and-a-half football fields and can collect 500,000 barrels of oily water a day. Such equipment could make a big difference, considering the highest estimates are that 100,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the Gulf each day.

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  • O'Neil said, before hitting the high seas, A Whale must first meet the American Society for Testing and Materials' (ASTM) standards.

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  • Lt. Cmdr. Chris O'Neil, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, told The Washington Times 13 days ago that A Whale can't start operating until its effectiveness as a skimmer is tested.

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