Deepwater Horizon: Weather forces temporary abandonment of work

The threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie in the Gulf of Mexico has pushed Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander at BP’s Macondo well to halt operations and for the vessels onsite to prepare to move away.

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, DC – The threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie in the Gulf of Mexico has pushed Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander at BP’s Macondo well to halt operations and for the vessels onsite to prepare to move away.

"Due to the risk that Tropical Storm Bonnie poses to the safety of the nearly 2,000 people responding to the BP oil spill at the well site, many of the vessels and rigs will be preparing to move out of harm's way beginning tonight (Thursday, July 22),” said Allen. “This includes the rig drilling the relief well that will ultimately kill the well, as well as other vessels needed for containment. Some of the vessels may be able to remain on site, but we will err on the side of safety.”

BP will work to shut-in the well but the delay will postpone efforts to kill the well. Work will resume when there is no danger due to weather at the site.



07/23/2010

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