As a quick fix, yes the artificial barrier islands can act as a buffer for oil washing ashore. However, recently built artificial islands are already beginning to fail due to the constant inundation by the tides.
These islands were built as a quick fix immediately after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to mitigate some washed ashore oil. Due to the high cost of the project and the initial warnings of the inevitable failure of the islands, the go ahead of the project was considered a huge mistake. Perhaps a better thought out artificial island could be a permanent oil barrier, but the one’s built following last years oil spill were a failure.
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