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Until the Next Storm
Tropical storm Bonnie, which we wrote about on Friday, forced the evacuation of cleanup crews and of people working on the relief well that will permanently plug the leaking oil well. But over the weekend Bonnie lost a lot of its energy and ended up disintegrating into a bunch of showers and thunderstorms, nothing threatening enough to even show up on NOAA's weather alerts. Read on for more details.
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Because of this, the evacuation orders have been reversed and the crews working on the leaking oil well are getting back to work. This will still have caused a delay, but a smaller one than first anticipated (Admiral Thad Allen says between 7 and 10 days). So unless other storms create other delays, we could see the completion of the relief well by mid-August.
Experts say the choppy seas will have broken up some of the slick.
The storm will also leave some beaches cleaner, said Jane Lubchenco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (source)
The cleaner beaches are of course because of stronger waves reclaiming some of the oil that was deposited there. That oil might just land back later or somewhere else, but some might stay in the water to eventually break down.
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