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. dwighthuth

    Here is littel scenario to why the disaster was allowed to occur. The Gulf of Mexico is rich in microbes called archaea that do not use oxygen but feed off of methane. The microbes then release the methane into the ocena floor where other microbes consume the methane that then produce sulfides the sulfides are then consumed by plants such as clam and tube worm colonies. To get to the bottom line these microbials are the key to how life was created on Earth. How convienant for the oil spill to occur in the same area where one of the largest fields of study on these microbials is taking place. The reason why is so that religion can continue to propogate it's nonsense about how life was created opn Earth through it's own schemings of covering up the truth by using intelligent design instead of yielding to the truth of what geologists have discovered. Intelligent design which goes back to George W. Bush trying to mandate that it be taught in schools so that a person would be confused when dealing with science and then come running back to religion to answer the tough questions. The oil spill was also concocted to cover up any signs of life possibly existing elsewhere in the Universe so that religion could keep it's herd (humans) isolated from reality instead relying on religion to explain the cosmos' beginning without having to understand how life began. Darwin was correct only the strong survive and religion is at the losing end of the stick and needs to come to grips with the fact that the more that they try to cover up the truth to protect their image and the images of the rulers of the past by saying that all a person needs to know is that god created all is continuing to degenerate the world that much more into a planet of bi-polar and delusional people just so they can control the world to make a profit. I would look for the other areas that are being explored for the same microbials as to be hit as well which include Storegga. Just read the article unless you can only flip through the pages because you might not like what the truth is tyelling you.

    Discover March 2004 "When Will The Bubble Burst" page 38, left column, last paragraph

    June 27, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      LOL Isn't the internet wonderful!? BP is dropping $40 mm per day, and has so far lost $100 billion off it's share price, just to stymie religious extremists! Who knew?

      June 27, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      jesus was right when he told us all these scary events would be heard about but be of good cheer even the gates of hell shall not prevail and our lord will never forsake us but will do all he has promised those in the book of life

      June 27, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Roast

      Crystal meth is terribly addictive isn't it dwighthuth? Put the pipe down, there is hope.

      June 27, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    Just as Haliburton, BP, and Transocean are legally responsible for this so is the the secretary of the Department of the Interior. The Secretary of the Department of the Interior IS AS EQUALLY LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GULF SPILL! He should be fired immediately! And to this the legal action to the moratorium on deep water drilling, yeah, the Obama Administration LIED that's why the judge overturned it, if you don't think so maybe you should read his 22 page report on his decision. Also, about his financial holdings in oil, let's look at the oil holdings all the congresspeople have in their Vanguard retirement accounts, Obama has $3 million in one.

    June 27, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      On taking cash from big oil, Republicans and Democrats can finally get along. One would have thought we could get a clean energy bill out of this...

      June 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Manny HM

    We can go to the depth of space millions of miles away but we can't plug a hole a mile deep in the ocean !
    We should redirect our priorities inwards now. To the average person living, making a living, or just visiting the Gulf of Mexico, going to the moon doesn't mean much but having that hole plug and removing the oil is priority number one.

    June 27, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The GOPB wants to drill baby drill on. Oil company shills will pay in Nov.

    June 27, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. G

    Attention proof readers – it's "affect" not "effect".

    June 27, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. david davenport

    what the government doesnt want you to know is that the disaster was caused by an experiment gone wrong. They were experimenting with teleport technology found in the roswell new mexico crash. When they attempted to beam the oil out of the ground (to drive up prices), something went wrong... Just as we didnt really land on the moon, this disaster was not just another accident.

    June 27, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      neither was christ suffering an accident but to save people from certain death for all who come by jesus never see death seek god its not his will any perish from lack of knowledge of his sons sacrafice that you be established with jesus and stand fast to the end

      June 27, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. bp101

    the goverment was conducting test trials on oil wells with alien technology to see if they could hurry up and drain all oiil out so they could force everyone to use the alternate power sources, that way they could make the people that secretly runs the world even more porerful and controling

    June 27, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. CS

    Can we all just agree on one thing? Stop the oil leak!

    June 27, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. stheday

    WE HAVE THE technology to stop the oil spills: Relief Wells. The government should force the oil companies to drill one for EVERY SINGLE oil rig. The well should be dug within a 50 feet of being completed. If there is disaster, then the last 50 feet could be dug out in a matter of days instead of months. I haven't heard any experts make this suggestion. It would be costly to dig one for every rig. But the oil companies make enough money to be able to afford it.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      @stheday: Yes, you are correct. The relief well should be in place in case of an accident. The relief well would have cost BP 100 million dollars. Small change compared to what they have to pay now. This acckident was 100% preventable. There are regulations in Norway and Canada that require drilling be done in a far safer way. This accident would be comparable to sends men to the moon with no way to get them back to earth. No forethought, no plans in case of an accident... just unbelievably stupid.

      June 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      If you require every company to drill one well to test explore for or produce from a formation, and a second as backup, you are going to essentially double the capital expenditures across the entire industry. The unintended consequences will be: 1) a drastic reduction in investment in US drilling; 2) loss of tens of thousands of jobs; 3) an increase in crude oil imports (made up almost certainly by OPEC). Is that what you really want?

      You claim that the industry can afford it. But you fail to incorporate risk into your equation. A lot of wells simply won't be drilled if you double the cost of drilling; those making the decisions will prefer to invest elsewhere where the odds are more in their favor.

      How many years of experience do you have in petroleum economics?

      June 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @Swimmer This spill may very well be the end of BP. You might see other companies voluntarily doing this for risky (deepwater) wells anyway.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      Brian,

      How many years experience do you have in the oil industry?

      You will just about eliminate offshore drilling with this requirement. And that's fine, if that's what a government decides to do. But that government is going to have to accept the consequences. There is no free lunch.

      Rates of return on an individual well basis will plummet. Contrary to popular opinion, oil projects are not infinitely profitable, and not 100% successful. There are lots of dry holes that the successful wells have to carry. An oil company makes assumptions on production rates and volumes, oil prices, and costs and builds a cash flow model when it decides whether to drill a well. Double the capital costs, and I'd guess that most wells will not survive the minimum hurdle rate when you consider risk, and the fact that these wells can cost $100 million and more to drill. If a company is pondering a $1 billion offshore platform, and now has to drill twice as many wells, few of these platforms will be built. No matter how wealthy a company is, it's not going to make a marginal investment in a losing proposition. My guess is that only the very best and lowest risk wells will be drilled, off pre-existing platforms. It would have a major negative impact on the US economy. That's why you hear no experts discussing this.

      June 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary Dillon Galbraith

    BP says the evacuation will not EFFECT oil production? Too bad BP doesn't know the varying meanings of AFFECT and EFFECT. The failure to understand what they're really saying is part of why people don't communicate clearly.

    June 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      You assume the error is BP's, and not CNN's. I would assume the error was made by the journalist writing this article. There are no quotes that would suggest that the writer lifted the text verbatim. So why do you automatically assume the error was BP's?

      June 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pdikeman

    That storm is not even CLOSE to the area.....

    June 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    It's not a matter of if we still need to utilize oil, the point is we are SO FAR BEHIND in the transition to cleaner energy because of the influence of the oil companys. They don't want to stop making trillions of dollars so they are going to lie, cheat, and steal to keep us dependant on their product for as long as possible. That is why we must fight harder than ever to hold them accountable and to get them to use their Trillions to make the changes,

    A company that is so greedy that they wouldn't spend a million dollars to ensure the relief drills were already in place, when drilling the most dangerous well in human history dosn't like to lose money. That's why we need to take them to the bank, so we can make an example of them so that big business realizes they need to think about their consequences, rather than just the bottom line!!!!!

    June 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      What's frustrating is all the government posturing on BP, and no talk about alternative energy. Big oil strikes again.
      Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • swimmer

      Jason says: "....we are SO FAR BEHIND in the transition to cleaner energy because of the influence of the oil companys (sic)."
      Brian says: "Big oil strikes again."

      Time to break out the tin foil hats, I guess.

      Big Oil rules the universe.... (except of course the California Coastal Commission)... and doesn't want to invest in renewable energy, or buy a successful renewable energy company, because they aren't interested in taking away OPEC's market share. They don't want to make hundreds of billions on renewables, they only want to make tens of billions on oil. Or so the thinking of conspiracy theorists must run.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    If the United States is to survive as a world leader and even as a nation itself, Americans will have to understand and accept some basic truths and they will need to make some serious personal sacrifices for the preservation of the nation.

    1- Selfishness and greed have to end> The common purpose of country must lead the way.

    2- During WWll, everyone in the country shared in the war effort and made sacrifices. Today, with two wars being fought only the members of the military and their families make those sacrifices. There must be a war tax and the sale of war bonds to pay for these wars. We can't afford to borrow to pay for them.

    3- We are a nation held hostage by oil addiction. We need to reduce highway speeds to 60 mph in order to reduce consumption and save lives and crippling injuries.

    4- Plastic bags in grocery stores should be replaced by paper bags since wood is a renewable US resource.

    5- Plastic bottles should be replaced with reusable glass once again with deposits of 25 cents per bottle.

    6- If oil consumption is not reduced voluntarily reduced by consumers, a 25 cent per gallon alternative energy tax should be imposed. If that fails to bring down consumption, then rationing, as in WWII should be implemented.

    June 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Serious is giving up our plastic bags? Wow. These are fine starts, and it's humiliating we can't do these yet.
      If we want to talk serious, we might consider giving up our cars, moving to more urbanized centers, and supporting mass transit, eating less meat, and generally consuming fewer products.
      We have a lot of people who talk tough in this country, but are too lazy to care. This is a problem we can solve with hard work, it's a shame so many people have forgotten what that means.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. david davenport

    industrial hemp....www.hemp4fuel.com:

    Dried biomass has a heating value of 5000-8000 Btu/lb, with virtually no ash or sulfur produced during combustion. About 6% of contiguous United States land area put into cultivation for biomass could supply all current demands for oil and gas. And this production would not add any net carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. (Environmental Chemistry, Stanley E. Manahan, Willard Grant Press, 1984)

    but then we would be sending the wrong message to kids not wouldnt we....its better to destroy the planet than put drug testers, prison guards, cops, and the timber industry out of buisness

    June 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You give the environmental movement an idiotic name. It's hippies like you who prevent logical environmentalist's arguments from holding weight in the public. Go smoke up by yourself.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • david davenport

      and your basis for that is??? please, by all means, tell me why hemp can not replace most of our petrolium products... as for smoking up, I do not. Maybe if you did a little research you would know that it is impossible to get high from smoking hemp. but please post some facts/research as to why hemp can't replace petrol products.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    @Chady, I doubt anyone will knowing buy LA seafood for a very long time. Talk about carcinogenic... Better find another profession, hopefully on BP's dime.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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