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View Diary: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #239 - Bye Bye Bonnie - BP's Gulf Catastrophe (324 comments)

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    BP Plc, working to plug the source of the largest oil spill in U.S. history, sent vessels back to drilling a relief well in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday as tropical storm Bonnie dissipated.

    The oil company was forced to evacuate all but two vessels on July 22 as Bonnie intensified over the Bahamas and was forecast to move west toward the spill site. Moving the ships delayed work at the site by seven to nine days, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said during a conference call with reporters yesterday.

    Allen ordered ships to return after the National Hurricane Center in Miami said yesterday that Bonnie had weakened to a “disorganized area” of low pressure.


    The process of pumping mud into the top of BP’s well to help permanently stop the oil flow, known as a “static kill,” may begin in three to five days, Allen also said yesterday.


    The London-based company will probably need as many as 36 hours to reconnect the Development Driller III rig owned by Transocean Ltd., and then seven to ten days before starting the injection of cement in a process known as “bottom kill,” Allen said.

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