EVACUATION: BP sends skimmers home for 5-6 days, Shell Oil removes employees from Gulf

Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Paul Martin

July 22nd, 2010

Ships ready to leave leaky well as storm brews, Associated Press, July 22, 2010 at 5:48 a.m.:

As the storm drew closer, boat captains hired by BP for skimming duty were sent home and told they wouldn’t be going back out for five or six days, said Tom Ard, president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association in Alabama.

In Florida, crews removed booms intended to protect waterways in the Panhandle from oil. High winds and storm surge could carry the booms into sensitive wetlands.

Also, Shell Oil began evacuating employees out in the Gulf.

Even if the storm does not hit the area directly, it could affect the effort to contain the oil and clean it up. Hurricane Alex stayed 500 miles away last month, yet skimming in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida was curtailed for nearly a week.

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