Red tape puts hold on PackGen boom making

4:29 PM, Jun 2, 2010   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just two weeks ago PackGen in Auburn announced it was ramping up production to make oil containment booms.

This week that production like is virtually silent.  The company already made tens of thousands of feet of the booms but BP hasn't approved the design. 

It differs from other designs being used because, according to company officials, it creates a tighter seal between pieces preventing oil from leaking past the barrier.

BP has ordered a trial run of the product but there is no word of when or if the design will be approved.

Wednesday Senator Olympia Snowe toured the PackGen facility and expressed her frustration that the government is not playing a bigger role in managing the clean-up and containment efforts in the Gulf.


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