Vessels Evacuated From Gulf Oil Spill Site For Tropical Storm Bonnie

July 24th, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
bovJuly 24, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Parts of northern Gulf coast are all set to experience heavy winds and hostile weather conditions as the Tropical Storm Bonnie gradually moves towards the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the fact that the United States National Hurricane Center has downgraded the storm to a tropical depression, large number of response vessels are being evacuated from the oil spill site, federal officials have stated. As the London-based oil giant takes the final plunge to fix the ruptured oil well once and for all, it is being feared that the gap in the cleanup procedures might turn into an impediment in the relief measures.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the U.S. government’s response to the oil spill disaster, has stated that in the wake of the storm, the main aim is to re-locate the vessels in a safer place from where they can return as early as possible after the unfavorable weather condition subsides. As per the briefing provided by the retired Coast Guard Admiral to the media, the Q4000 recovery vessel as well as the rigs that have been involved in drilling the relief wells would be disconnected completely by Friday afternoon and would begin to shift to the position of ‘best survivability.’

However, Thad Allen emphasized that despite the fact that the vessels monitoring the ruptured oil well had to leave the site, the aerial as well as satellite inspection is going to be continued while a recording device would be kept at the base of the well to sustain the process of observation. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bonnie which has maintained a wind speed of 35 mph, crossed Southern Florida on Friday.

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