The Nightmare Scenario: What Happens To The Oil When A Hurricane Strikes?
by Brian Beutler
Jun. 4, 2010
As if the situation in the Gulf wasn’t bad enough already, we are now in hurricane season, and that means there’s a decent chance that a tropical cyclone may complicate the cleanup efforts along the southern U.S. coast and disrupt effort to bring the blowout at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon under control.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are an average of 2.9 named storms and 1.4 hurricanes
in the gulf each hurricane season; and 1.4 named storms and 0.5 hurricanes by the end of August. During a heavy season, as 2010 is expected to be, there can be many, many more. And historically, the site of the Deepwater Horizon well has been right in the heart of a hurricane corridor.