Solution thoughts from New Orleans, a place I worked in for years.
Please forgive a quick personal request. Louisiana is my home of homes, and it's killing me to see this oil mess languish. We saw a story on the Wall Street Journal's Web site the other day of a manufacturer in Florida whose mattress material naturally soaks up oil. Apparently, he can't get through to authorities to make it happen, but it's pretty hard to deny the demo he gave. Here's a link that I'm hoping you'll forward.
And for what it's worth, here's my two cents on lessons to be learned, along with a bit of a mea culpa ....