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ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — Work to permanently choke off BP’s broken oil well stalled Friday as Tropical Storm Bonnie raced toward the Gulf of Mexico and dozens of ships evacuated the area.
Engineers are so confident in the stability of an experimental plug – which has mostly throttled the oil for more than a week – that they won’t open it even if the storm hits directly. They’ll likely lose sight of the temporary cap for at least a few days.
[Why would they refer to the “blow out protector” used to “repair and seal” the well as an “experimental plug? Why are they using that spin … that choice of terms … The BOP was on site by May 2, 2010. SEE: Gulf Oil Crisis – Facts from Fiction, Part 1 of 3 ]
The storm blossomed over the Bahamas and was to enter the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, and a tropical storm watch was issued early Friday for the northern Gulf coast from Destin, Fla., to Morgan City, La.
The rough weather could delay by another 12 days the push to plug the broken well for good using mud and cement, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and BP officials conceded. Even if it’s not a direct hit, the rough weather will push back efforts to kill the well by at least a week.
The delay in work would be worse if BP had to fully open the cap while the ships closely monitoring the well head left. More oil would have been allowed to spew into the Gulf until they returned. [This is, quite possibly, the dumbest thing I have ever heard suggested … there is no scienitfic justification for considering this action, none …however, it is obvious that some faction in the Obama Administration is desperate to remove the BOP that has been used to seal the well]
A week of steady measurements through cameras and other devices convinced Allen they don’t need to open vents to relieve pressure on the cap, which engineers had worried might contribute to leaks underground and an even bigger blowout. The cap was attached a week ago, and only minor leaks have been detected.
Read the rest of the story here: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jul/23/oil-spill-work-stalls-as-bonnie-races-toward-gulf/