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Tropical Storm may delay Oil Spill Clean Up

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- As much as 2.5 million gallons of oil could flow into the Gulf of Mexico for two weeks if Tropical Storm Alex forces a work stoppage at the ruptured BP well.

Adm. Thad Allen, the government's disaster response manager, said Saturday that gale-force winds near the well head would prompt an evacuation of the thousands of workers and vessels involved in the oil recovery and cleanup effort.

It would take 14 days to put everything back in place, Allen said. That means the containment cap would be off for that period, allowing oil to flow freely. Researchers have estimated that between 35,000 barrels -- about 1.5 million gallons -- and 60,000 barrels -- about 2.5 million gallons -- of oil are gushing into the ocean every day.

Anxiety levels rose Saturday as Alex churned toward Mexico with a potential for hurricane force winds in the coming days. The storm is not on track to directly pass over oil-affected areas but forecasters have not ruled out an easterly shift in Alex's path.

"We all know the weather is unpredictable, and we could have a sudden last-minute change," Allen said.

Alex -- the first named storm of what is expected to be a fierce Atlantic hurricane season -- formed in the Caribbean on Saturday and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was heading toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Allen said it would take five days to evacuate more than 38,000 people and 6,000 vessels that are involved in the oil response as well as the two rigs that are collecting about 24,500 barrels of oil a day from the well, Allen said.

He told CNN there is "no playbook" when it comes to responding to a massive oil spill as a storm brews. "But I will tell you there's been an extraordinary amount of planning being done," he said.

BP plans to place a third rig called the Helix Producer at the well site next week, which will increase the amount of oil being captured to 53,000 barrels a day, Allen said. That, too, could be disrupted if Alex affects the area.

Gulf Coast residents feared that high winds and storm surges could spread the slick and push more oil ashore into bays, estuaries and pristine beaches, exacerbating the oil disaster triggered by BP's ruptured well.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/26/gulf.oil.disaster/index.html?hpt=T1

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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tericared
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

 This is not good,,,Not at all....

MamaScorpio88
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM


Quoting tericared:

 This is not good,,,Not at all....

I agree.

LokisMama
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Latest I saw was that it was going to hit the Yucaktan, and then it was going to get weakned back to a depression.  I'll have to check the weather reports again.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

This spill  has been going on for a long time. Why the hell weren't there more oil collecting ships out there to begin with? Even with the extra ship scheduled for next week it is not enough. There is plenty of oil out there to collect. Geez who is running this outfit anyway?

SamanthaAgain
by Sam on Jun. 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

This is just faaaaar too out of hand.

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