Weather Aids Crews In Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

The winds and waters calmed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, allowing crews to step up their efforts to contain the crude oil leaking uncontrollably into the sea and spreading toward the coasts of four states. BP, the company responsible for fighting the spill, spent Monday preparing possible solutions to stem leaks from an undersea well off the Louisiana coast, but high winds and rough seas forced delays in implementing them. On Tuesday, the winds died down to about 10 miles an hour, and BP and Coast Guard crews planned to go ahead with several procedures to fight the spill on and below the surface.