July 23rd, 2010
09:41 AM ET

Relief oil well on hold as Bonnie forces Gulf evacuations

CNN Wire Staff

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With Tropical Storm Bonnie nearing, efforts to dig a relief well remained suspended Friday as the rig involved in the operation and other boats around BP's ruptured Gulf of Mexico well prepared to evacuate.

"Some of the vessels may be able to remain on site, but we will err on the side of safety," retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Thursday night.

Allen, who is leading the federal response to the spill, said many of the vessels and rigs began preparing to move Thursday night.

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  1. MR.AL

    The wells are holding. Does this make up for all the distruction, the fishing industry, the dead wildlife, the distruction to the coastline? Why is it always that the Wealthy, Corperate America and the Rich and Famous have a different set of RULES? And Americans have to take whats given?

    July 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    As of now the storm path has a) weakened, b) has hit shore at a more easterly point in Florida than the projection above shows and is moving closer up the Florida West coast, than in the blog graphic.
    I believe that static kill is no longer a priority. The relief well is much more important and likely to work/be effective and be an overall safer solution in the longer term.
    Since no oil is leaking getting the 800 skimmer vessels And vessels of opportunity back to work quickly after the storm is much more important.
    It is amazing the local governments are issuing executive orders against the advice of the top government official... No wonder the two BP guys back off meetings when thier influence is not trusted anyway. They are hounded and harangued for everything, and the final decision is that of Thad Allen or a parish president issuing an executive order.
    I am sorry but your Historian contributor ( hasd only Hate and emotion all against BP. He cannot even get his facts right he blamed BP in his comments for the Transocean company's decision and operators/engineers decision to turn off alarms. I believe this was one of the items in BPs last audit comments. AC this "Professor?" guy is damaging the credibilty of your coverage.

    July 24, 2010 at 12:57 am |
  3. SoniaHowell

    I love the way Douglass explaines his point of view and true facts.I was a Dem, but his points and opinions of this situation are very much true and I feel the same way. I personally would have just blown that hole up sky high and kicked them out of America and lease the bp well and rigs to another well running company. Hell at this point we are at now, is discusting. It turns my stomaic at the decisions that Obama has made with this situstion.He should have taken controll in a much better way. I only have a GED but I saw what was going to happen and the ramefaction of what was comming everyday that oil was gushing out. I feel so bad for all those people having to live in that mess. For a very long time to come. That mixture that was being pumped into the cap was antifreeze and sea water so the hydocarbons would not freeze. They just poisoined that gul to a point that will take unsurmountable time. This is outrageous. If we had more people like Douglass Brinkley and Bill clinton, we would have stopped this leak months ago.I would vote for Douglass in a min.

    July 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

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