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More delays in stopping gulf oil spill

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GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - It has been a month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, dumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, but there has been another delay for teams working to stop the spill.

Meanwhile, possible remnants are washing up.  Pieces of metal and concrete were found last night just east of the Pass Christian Harbor.

Shrimp are still coming off the boats in Buras, Louisiana, but not nearly as many as there should be this time of year.

Wholesale seafood buyers are concerned.

"Fifteen-percent of boats working shrimp.  Eighty-five-percent are working for BP or waiting for BP to call," said buyer Derrick Ditcharo.

The numbers and business aren't nearly as important as the lifestyle now threatened by the oil.

"Once you get saltwater in your veins, the seafood, its hard to get away from it," said Ditcharo.

Beaches in Grand Isle are closed now because oil has washed in, while below the surface.. government scientists will now take a closer look at the amount of oil pouring into the gulf.

BP engineers said the "top kill" effort to cap the well has been delayed until sometime next week, but Plaquamines Parish President Billy Nungesser said he's tired of waiting and will start dredging a protective barrier along the southern edge of the state with or without federal approval.

"This is incredible that we are sitting here weeks later begging for the permit and begging for BP to step up to the plate and do the right thing," said Nungesser.

Instead, they're just begging for engineers to find a way to stop the flow of oil.

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