Oil spill fubar
June 2, 2010 11:11 AM   Subscribe

Many pictures of the oil spill show the booms washed up on shore, or filled with oil on the wrong side. An example of this. Why is the oil always on the wrong side of the boom? Are these booms really doing anything? Shouldn't the oil be gathering on the other side, ready to be skimmed and cleaned?
posted by ShootTheMoon to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
Your answer is found at DKos Booming School, which has a lot of NSFW language and a lot of information on proper booming techniques.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:15 AM on June 2, 2010 [18 favorites]

I wouldn't be surprised if that picture means the opposite of what you think: The dark part near the boom is the only clean water in that picture, the rest is oil slick.
posted by chairface at 11:47 AM on June 2, 2010 [2 favorites]

Rebuttal to DKos
posted by Mwongozi at 11:54 AM on June 2, 2010

here's a youtube link for proper fucking booming - audio of the DKos link.
posted by nadawi at 3:08 PM on June 2, 2010

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