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Coastal Desk

Underwater Cap May Be Out Of View During Storm

By Eileen Fleming

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-914401.mp3

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says stormy weather may mean that robotically operated vehicles that have been transmitting images from the sea floor may have to be taken out of harm's way.

"We have determined that if we have to evacuate the site, we are prepared to leave the well capped. We will attempt to do ROV monitoring as long as we can. We think we can probably keep vessels on scene."

Allen says the worst of the weather is expected to arrive Saturday and pound the well site for about 24 hours. He says vessels for the ROVs and the drilling rigs working on relief wells would be the last to leave.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.

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