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Oil spill work on hold as TS Bonnie approaches

5 years ago July 23, 2010 Jul 23, 2010 Friday, July 23 2010 Friday, July 23, 2010 3:53:43 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

Work to permanently cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is at a standstill after ships were ordered to evacuate because of Tropical Storm Bonnie.

There had been worries that the cap that has mostly contained the oil would have to be reopened and left gushing if a major storm came through.

Engineers are confident enough in the strength of the cap that they've decided to leave it sealed while most of the ships on the surface were told to leave the area.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and BP officials concede the storm could delay by another 12 days the push to plug the broken well for good using mud and cement.

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