Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choppy Seas Help Contain Alaska Oil Spill

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Choppy Seas Help Contain Alaska Oil Spill

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BAD weather turned into good news for the effort to clean up the worst US oil spill as a rough sea became a churning caldron that helped break up part of the Exxon Valdez slick.

Exxon, meanwhile, said it will reimburse the government for the costs of military assistance ordered by President Bush, but would write off the charges from its taxes.

The spill has killed thousands of birds and animals, and gasoline prices in the United States have surged in the wake of the disaster.

US Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner warned oil companies against using the spill as an excuse to raise prices. "If they're doing it, they're making a big mistake," he said.

The Coast Guard said Monday that the oil had stalled from its southwesterly drift toward Kodiak Island, the nation's richest fishing port last year. It said the oil was breaking into tar balls, which sink. In addition, the goop had traveled no farther southwest than Gore Point, about 80 miles northeast of Kodiak, in three days. …

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