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. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    the hurricanes are coming soon in the Gulf and, when they'll come, the (already bad) containment cap MUST be unplugged from the wellhead since the ship that collects the oil can remain there with an hurricane, so, the oil will flow from the well at 100,000 barrels per day!!!!!
    "BP Spill Ops To Evacuate 5 Days Before Storm-Force Winds"
    5 days to unplug the containment cap and evacuate the storm site, a couple of day for the storm, another couple of days to come back on site and one day to replug the containment cap = 1,000,000 more barrels of oil freely spilled in the ocean... and this is only the FIRST storm, and not the worst...
    WHAT are they waiting to listen those who have the RIGHT IDEAS AND SOLUTION to STOP the oil spill QUICKLY to SAVE the sea and shores nature and wildlife BEFORE they'll be submerged by over 250,000,000 more gallons of oil, in the next TWO months (if lucky) ???????????

    June 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bghetti

      I'm not sure what BP workers actually do. I just got back from Destin Florida where I watched dozens of BP "clean up" workers sit under tents, smoke cigarettes, and scope out women on the beach. The one thing they were clearly not doing is cleanign up the beach. In all honesty it was a disgusting display. I would say the cleanup effort is a joke except theres nothing funny about what is happening.HUNDREDS OF TAR BALLS WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE BP TENTS AND NOT A SINGLE EFFORT TO PICK UP THE FIRST ONE...

      June 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf


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      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      June 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    When a Hurricane hits the extra warm waters severely polluted with 150 Millions of Asphalt laden toxic crude Oil, that is going to be like Candy for the Hurricane as it grows rapidly larger and promotes much faster wind speeds.

    In regards to the Oil gushing out. There is 2.5 Million Gallons per day exiting that BP blown out crude Oil well. On BP's best single day they captured 1 Million Gallons, meaning even on their best day 1.5 Million gallons of extra crude Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. Five days without the cap would add another 12 Million gallons or about the same amount the Exxon Valdez dumped into Valdez, Alaska some 19 years ago. Again the best single day so far and only once as of this comment did BP capture 1 Million Gallons out of over 2.2 Million Gallons per day using the cap.

    Dead is dead, would a Hurricane simply make Dead worse than Dead?

    June 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chady

      what does someone from oregon know about hurricanes???? our gulf is not dead it is wounded and struggling but there are plenty of safe clean areas here in LA to harvest seafood. please support us fisherman and buy LA seafood whenever possible. we need the support thank you

      June 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      AH, but the oil on the surface of the water will also radically reduce evaporation, which fuels the storm. SO, I don't think anyone really KNOWS how this is going to affect a storm that goes over/through it. Facts are important.. Much more important than speculation or personal thoughts. 🙂

      June 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Roche

      Offshore drilling must stop. Sure, its going to put thousands of people out of work, but too much is at stake. Yes, we are dependent on oil as a country, however much can be done to eliminate our dependency. Lets eliminate trans-continental, commercial airplane flights for everything but time sensitive cargo, spend some money on a high speed rail system instead. Lets mandate all SUV's hit 30mpg minimum and cars at 40mpg minimum. Regulate gas consumption as radical as that may sound, perhaps hike the price of gasoline after 1000 miles worth of gasoline for the month, with exceptions for people driving work vehicles or who have a abnormally long commute to work. Call it nazi, socialist, crazy, unreasonable... call it what you will, fact of the matter remains that if nothing is forcibly done, nothing will ever really change. Our society should be inspired and driven to be as eco-friendly as possible, yet so many people could care less. It doesn't matter if your conservative or liberal, black or white, American or a member of any other country. We all live on this planet together, all of us need to do our part to ensure our long term survival. As a young adult now, I fear what kind of world my kids may one day have to live in. I can only hope that mankind will seek a more harmonious existence with mother earth before it is all too late.

      June 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. useifnot


    June 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Interesting – majority of people from the Gulf States don't want to stop drilling. Didn't you found this a bit odd?
      So what do they care about? Money rather then anything else.

      June 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • earl

      i wonder how many gas powered jet skis and boats the protesters own? i wonder if they realize how tourist get to the beaches every year...gas powered engines

      June 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boulder Liberal

      Yes, useifnot:

      We surely need to reduce our dependence on oil. When will America (and the world) grow up?

      June 26, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • delraygirl

      Let me guess, Tony, you are from New York!

      June 27, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • me


      June 27, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Lexnor

      Stopping offshore drilling is not life..it's Death. Death for the hundreds of thousands of jobs directly related to the process. (Have you ever looked at the Gulf from the air at night? There are 1000's of wells out there) Oil is pasrt of EVERYONE's life...from plastics, transportation, heating, cooling, electricity. All the alternatives energy sources are either a joke in terms of efficiency, or involve highly toxic processes or spent fuels. You can't 'grow up' out of a problem like this. You can't simply throw money at reasearch in hopes that technology may yield what it has failed to do in 50 years. Energy policies are fools errands if the upfront costs are unpalatable to politicians and populace alike. We consume. The more people, the better the technology, the greater the consumption. The problem is not regional, but global. We are all in the same boat.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      repent and believe the gospel we should stop believing everything they tell us and trust jesus walk by faith not by sight i have the feeling god is the only one to fear

      June 27, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • chady

      The people here in LA understand the importance of drilling. It is not about money especially because we in LA get less than 10% of the royalties from our oil. If we do not drill where will our oil in this country come from? The US is not going to change our lifestyles and stop using oil. The demand will remain the same and the supply will be shortened so the price will increase hurting everyone in the country. To keep the supply up we will have to import more oil which will mean more super tankers in our waters. If you do the research you will see that the accident rate for tankers and barges is much, much, much, much, higher than from drilling. So therefore, we would increase the risk for environmental damage by having more tankers. Us dumb cajuns down here understand the need for domestic drilling while we build an infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Anyone that thinks we can just quit using oil and start using solar and wind tomorrow effectively it the dumb one. Please support us down here anyway you can. Educating yourself will be a good starting point

      June 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Key phrase is 'start using alternative energy'. If it were totally altruistic, you might also be talking about clean energy,

      I'm okay with deepwater drilling to fuel the nation if we simultaneously implement a 10-20 year plan to stop using oil. We have the technology, brains, and the hard work to do it.

      But then we won't be buying southern oil, and after this mess, no one will be buying your carcinogenic seafood either.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      the more i think of this oil leak and unable to stop it, makes me sick. BP apparently doesnt give a rat a** about the people that has suffered. we can put a man on the moon but cant stop a oil leak BS.

      June 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      Your obviously not using your mind. At the moment, there is really no other form of energy that can sustain the world population. This is an unfortunate accident the will get corrected. Hard work but corrected. One positive thing about this tragic accident is the new technology that will be developed. There is no other power source that can replace oil at the moment. Wind power, solar, bio-fuels all help but have major downfalls. Please, use your mind. After all, oil is a "natural" piece of what everyone calls mother nature. It was created by nature. Simply STOPPING drilling only creates mankind to begin making something to replace it. I think I would be much more worried about us "making something" and the negative effects it will have on mother nature.

      June 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jgtennessee

    The superficial interest is the environment, but the people of the Gulf, obviously, would trade off the environment for dollars for themselves. They are just using the environment sufficiently enough to obtain money. Once they have the money, or if necessary, in order to get money they will trade the environment. Their environmental concern is hollow.

    June 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      CNN shows a fun-fishing boat skipper making 107 K a year nett. Nice. Some are not exactly a poor people I would say. Some may have also a nice savings.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      Your stupid...you actually think the people in the gulf care more about the money!! To be honest, they are actually the smart ones. They do more and care more about the environment than people like you! They are living this nightmare and trying to solve it the correct way. The wrong way is closing down all the gulf drilling (which our child president has done) as a way to correct the problem. People like you you have probably never done anything to help but would FORCE your way of life on everyone else due to your way of thinking. That is what is really scary!

      June 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jefffbo

    Is this a good place to betch about the oil spill ?

    June 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |


    June 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kerri

    So, if any of us find ourselves in the same situation as folks in the Gulf coast states someday, are we going to be accused of caring about money more than the anything else when all we're doing is fighting to keep our way of life, keep our jobs, keep a roof over our heads and feed our families? To make the sweeping generalization that Gulf states residents are money hungry and don't care about the environment is ridiculous. Like most average Americans (regardless of political preferences) they care about their loved ones, about surviving and having a life in this country. And like it or not, that requires money. If that's a crime, then every single one of us are guilty. What's really needed are jobs that provide an income to support a family AND also protect or do minimal or no harm to the environment. And I say all of this as someone who is completely in favor of the ban on offshore drilling, as well as a strong support of environmental protection ... but I'll never judge someone for doing what they need to do to take care of their family.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce H

    Now Russia is asking the world to help reduce the danger of future environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill.
    Interesting from the country that gave us the fame of Chernobyl.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ttaj

    5000ft is soooo deep. The extreme conditions down there make any attempt they "try" not really work. I mean we have maned missions to space but not to the bottom of the ocean. It's seems like they hit an artery and can stop the bleeding. To think there are no proven disaster responses to deal with this event is scary. Let's face it, for years NOAA was complaining about NASA getting all the funding. The only people putting real money into deepwater exploration was Big Oil and that was just to drill.

    Scale model of how deep:

    June 27, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. JJ

    Day 1 – "Wow! There's an explosion on a rig in the Gulf!!", Day 2 – "Wow!!! That's a lotta oil!!!!", Day 3 – "Wow!!! That's a lotta oil!!!" , Day 4 – "Wow!!!, That's a lotta oil!!!" , Day 5 – "Wow!!! Now That's a LOT of oil!!!!", Day 6 – "WOW!!! NOW THAT'S a HELLVUA LOT of OIL!!!" ...................... DAY 65 – "WWOOOOWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW THATTTTT IS a lotta oil!!!!!"

    June 27, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barbaro lover

    My theory is that once the beautiful marshes and beautiful coast lines are dead and destroyed, BP will figure that since all the protected areas are dead, no life what so ever might as well drill those areas, just keep drilling and spilling, all the politicians and fed goven't are all bought off by big oil, who cares, just drill and drill and drill.
    Please people check out the website of gulfemergencysummit.org and listen to Kindra Arenesen, a fisherman's wife whose husband now has to work for BP to feed his family. So far she is the only person down there who has the GUTS to tell us what is going on. Everyone is bought off by BP and there is a media blackout, listen to her talking about the big bull reds, thousands and thousands of schools of these fish swimming upside down coming to the surface to get away from the oil and dying painful deaths, there is a media blackout about this. Google Kindra Arenesen!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • inFLA

      I agree with you. I think BP is putting on a show, and the government is buying their show, even though it's obvious that they don't actually want to stop the gusher. They are hoping that once they have killed our Gulf and all the wildlife, including endangered species, the government will just turn the entire Gulf sea floor over to them, since the Gulf has been destroyed anyway. Seems pretty clear. Notice how Dudley and Suttles and other oil people never seem even slightly disturbed by any of the death they have caused? That's because events are going their way, and so they are happy. Louisianan's don't care about innocent animals or the Gulf either, apparently. And Louisianans matter more than Floridians, apparently.

      June 27, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    On the high end of CNN's estimate, the total volume of oil leaked is approximately equivalent to 5.6 NASA Vehicle Assembly Buildings. That's a large amount of space.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ken in NC

    We should let BP drill all they want and when they turn all of our oceans into "BLACK GOLD" we can all park our cars when they run out of gas and start riding horses and mules and then BP can kiss our horses a$$. The best way to plug that dam hole is to stick Tony Hayward in it.

    June 27, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ken in NC

    John, simply put, there has been enough oil pumped out of that hole in the bottom of the gulf to fill the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 27, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • inFLA

      you missed the last word of your post. Need to add "yet". As in not enough oil pumped ...yet.

      June 27, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • inFLA

      sorry misread your post.

      June 27, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike F.

    MESSAGE TO CNN: Please keep the "Gulf disaster: Tracking the numbers" clock running. The public needs to be aware of this information, and they need to see how fast it's rising and how much oil has been spilled. Thank you for this new feature. Until this crisis is resolved, this oil spill clock should stay up and running.

    June 27, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
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