June 26th, 2010
10:16 PM ET

BP evacuates personnel ahead of Tropical Storm Alex

[Updated 10:10 p.m.] BP has begun evacuating non-essential personnel from three of their rigs in the far south of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Alex, a spokesman confirmed.

The evacuations did not apply to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, BP spokesman Neil Chapman said.

The company began evacuating today and will continue tomorrow as a precaution.  Chapman did not have an immediate number on personnel being evacuated, but said the evacuation will not effect production on the rigs.

Alex - the first named storm of what is expected to be a fierce Atlantic hurricane season - formed in the Caribbean on Saturday. As of 8 p.m. ET, it had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph as it headed toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Belize and the east coast of the Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal to Cancun.

Read more here on CNN.com.

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  1. Joe

    First we make ourseves totally dependent on oil.
    Then we cry we can't do wothout oil jobs.
    Then we do nothing about getting off our dependence on oil.
    Then.....

    June 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HarleyTruck

    So Bp wants us to believe they have "non-essential" personnel working on their platforms? Ya, right!

    June 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beavis

      The non-essential workers are the cleaning and cooking crews, inspectors, etc. The people who don't have a direct effect on the drilling process is what they are talking about.

      June 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Emily

    A possible hurricane could direct the oil spill way out in the ocean, saving the Gult from futher damage to the coast.

    June 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    The Gulf

    June 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ron

    I can't imagine why they would evacuate. The MMS has certified that the rig is hurricane proof. Why would they lie?

    June 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      Ron,

      Just because you would gladly let your employees weather the full force of a hurricane dozens of miles offshore, doesn't mean all companies would do that. Airplanes are designed to withstand a high level of turbulence. So why not fly the plane full of passengers right through it?

      But I'm sure of BP left its employees on the rig, and several of them died, you would then criticize them for not evacuating. A win-win situation for you!

      June 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Climate is getting out of control and we don't know what will happen within 10 years...

    June 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eye95

    Not if, but when, a major hurricane hits the Gulf this summer, those oil plumes that BP denies the existence of are going to do incredible damage.

    Check out this article that I found on another blog post. Great satire of BP and wicked funny:

    http://www.dailygoat.com/2010/06/republican-rebukes-oil-executivein-news-hell-issues-frost-advisory/

    June 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      The plumes found by NOAA and USF are thousands of feet below the surface of the water and will NOT be affected by hurricanes. Just like the free-standing riser they're building with a disconnect 1000ft below the water's surface is hurricane proof.

      June 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vizi

    well what about other oil firms

    June 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sortiz

    How interesting. Now people in the Gulf who don't want drilling to stop are greedy and money-hungry.

    The reason they want drilling to continue is because those who work in the oil patch need drilling to MAKE A LIVING, YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!!! All the ignoramuses posting their garbage here don't understand that there are literally thousands of businesses in Louisiana and other Gulf states that support drilling operations. Kill drilling and you kill thousands of businesses that provide jobs for tens of thousands of people.

    But, I suppose if you're sitting in the East or West Coast you don't care about people losing their livelihoods and their ability to provide for their families. All you idiots care about is stopping the evil of drilling, with no regards for the consequences. No, instead, let's allow other countries to drill in the Gulf – ever heard of Petrobras, you morons? – and let's continue importing oil from countries filled with radicals who want to kill us.

    The mind of the liberal environmentalist wacko never ceases to amaze me, especially the delusional idiot who posted the following gem:

    "Offshore drilling must stop. Sure, its going to put thousands of people out of work, but too much is at stake."

    Where you from, Mike Roche?? Let me guess...California!!

    June 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
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