Weather May Halt Cleanup in the Gulf

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Forecasters predict storms may be headed toward the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico within the next few days -- and National Incident Commander Thad Allen says that may force BP to suspend some of its cleanup efforts in the gulf.

Speaking during a press briefing this morning, Allen said the company plans to continue tests on a new containment cap over the well, and deliver a report on their progress on Thursday. He said crews are monitoring the cap, and the weather, to determine the next steps.

The Associated Press reports that BP hopes to begin pumping the well with heavy mud and cement very soon. That move will ultimately seal it permanently. But Allen said severe weather could delay the process for several days -- underwater monitoring of the cap would need to be halted, and boats currently removing oil from the spill site would need to be evacuated until the storms pass.

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