Boom makers say BP left them adrift

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Containment-boom makers and their vendors that ramped up supply for BP PLC after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill say the company suddenly stopped accepting deliveries weeks ago, leaving them with millions of dollars in unused product.

Several makers of the vinyl protective sheaths known as boom and their suppliers say they are deeply in debt and have been forced to lay off workers and delay payment to vendors.

During the height of the oil spill this summer, more than four million feet of containment boom was laid on the water's surface to shield the Gulf Coast. But BP began putting boom orders on hold or rejecting them about the second week in July, as efforts to stop the flow of oil gained ground. On Tuesday, BP said concerns about storms in the Gulf would delay by several days work on a relief well expected to help permanently seal the well.

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