Weather Delays Removal Of Bp Blowout Preventer

08.31.10 | FL News Team

(New Orleans, LA)  --  A plan to remove the damaged blowout preventer from the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been put on hold because of bad weather and rough seas in the area.  National Incident Commander Thad Allen says waves of six to eight feet have made it difficult to operate vessels necessary to the operation.  Allen says the procedure will start as soon as the seas subside, meaning a delay of two to three days.

The procedure involves removing the old blowout preventer and replacing it with a new one, thus allowing the relief well to be completed, enabling the so-called "bottom kill" procedure to commence.  That operation involves pumping the oil well with heavy drilling mud from the bottom and sealing it with cement.