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Evacuations Ordered At Well Site Ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie's Arrival

By Eileen Fleming

New Orleans, La. – High seas and winds are forecast for the waters off the Louisiana coast. The government's point man in charge of the oil spill response says 2,000 workers at the site could be in danger if they stayed during the storm. He says the waters a mile above the broken well could be churning for 24 hours. A plug has been placed in the relief well, and the drilling rig is among the vessels preparing to evacuate. BP Vice President Kent Wells says evacuating the area could delay the well being permanently killed for 12 days. The relief well had been set to choke the broken well by the middle of next month.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.

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