What percentage of the oil spilled will the skimmers be able to collect?



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    Basically, if oil is not dispersed, oil skimmers can be greatly effective. However, when oil has been broken apart, as it has been in the Gulf, large skimmers cannot do that which they were designed to. Here is a great article that talks about the difficulties using oil skimmers, and in particular, the giant oil skimmer brought in to tackle the oil in the Gulf of Mexico:

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