Day 93 In The Gulf: BP suspends relief well work to avoid risk of storm interruption

Concerned that stormy weather might soon force an evacuation in the Gulf of Mexico, BP temporarily suspended work on a relief well considered to be the ultimate solution for plugging the blown-out Macondo well that until last week had been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP Vice President Kent Wells said.

The suspension of the relief well also means that an attempt to perform a “static kill” of the well, should that procedure be approved, also has been delayed. [McAuley’s World Comment: The Obama Administration has been approving, and requiring that all procedures be approved, for 3 months]

“We’re having to watch the weather very, very carefully now and adjust our plans accordingly,” Wells said.

Weather concerns are focused around a cluster of thunderstorms just east of the Bahamas that as of Wednesday evening had a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression. Should that system develop, it could cause high winds and waves over the Deepwater Horizon spill site.

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