Storm Shuts Down Gulf

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 4:09pm

Work on BP relief wells postponed due to bad weather.

Crews working on relief wells in the Gulf of Mexico are standing down as they deal with a Tropical Depression moving across the spill sight.

Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen says the work likely won't resume until Friday.

Engineers will be testing to see if they will move forward with the bottom kill, pumping in more mud and cement into the well.

Crews drilling the primary relief well are about 50-feet from the point where they will intersect with the fractured rig.

While the work is stalled the workers will ride out the weather on the water, staying in place so they can resume drilling on the relief well as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, fishing boats have been pushed back to shore, but for the first time in a long time it was the weather not the oil.

5,000 square miles of gulf waters were opened for both commercial and recreational fishing on Wednesday.

Forecasters say the storm is losing some of its intensity.

If there are no further delays drilling crews could intersect with the fractured rig by late Sunday.
 

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