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Some BP Oil Spill Operations Halted Thanks to Hurricane Alex

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Skimming and clean-up efforts in areas affected by the BP oil spill have come to a halt, thanks to the first hurricane of the Atlantic season. Though Hurricane Alex as expected to come ashore near the Texas/Mexico boarder, some 500 miles from the spill site, seas were too rough for skimming operations and controlled burns to continue.

According to a Bloomberg report, BP has been collecting oil from the stricken well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, and funneling it to the Discoverer Enterprise and the Q4000 drilling rigs. BP is also working to connect a containment cap to the Helix Producer, a vessel that can collect an additional 20,000 to 25,000 barrels of oil a day. About three more days is needed to complete the process, but the rough seas are delaying the work, Bloomberg said.

Despite the choppy conditions, work is continuing on two relief wells that will be used to permanently halt the spill. They are expected to be finished sometime next month.

Booms and barges holding back the oil have had to be removed from coastal areas. Because of the storm, beaches in Alabama were left streaked with oil, the Associated Press said. A large oil patch was pushed toward Louisiana’s Grand Isle and uninhabited Elmer’s Island, dumping tar balls on beaches that haven’t seen any significant oil in nearly three weeks.

It’s thought that as much as 60,000 barrels of oil a day is gushing into the Gulf. So far, between 70.8 million gallons and 137.6 million of oil have spewed into the sea since the April 20 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, according to government and BP estimates. BP planned to boost its recovery capacity to 53,000 barrels a day by June 30 and to 80,000 barrels a day by mid-July.

Other oil producers in the Gulf are also taking precautions because of Alex. According to Bloomberg, 28 platforms and three rigs operated by BP, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other companies have been evacuated in the western part of the Gulf.

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