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Storms hamper offshore oil clean-up efforts

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GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - Choppy seas whipped up by Hurricane Alex have delayed oil containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a week.  Now, more storms are keeping skimming vessels at the docks, forcing clean-up efforts to the shore.

As BP continued drilling relief wells designed to plug the blown-out Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a massive new skimming vessel underwent two days of testing.

The Taiwanese ship named "A Whale" was on the water Saturday and Sunday just north of the spill site, but because of bad weather, officials still don't know if it can work.

In Mississippi, six skimming vessels are in place Monday near Saint Louis Bay.

Meanwhile, an official said Monday tar balls have reached Texas beaches, and, the first signs of the mess reaching Louisiana's mainland have been seen in Lake Pontchartrain.

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