Planners see 5 days to evacuate spill-response vessels

07/05/2010
Spill-response officials estimate they need 120 hr to move vessels and rigs away from the runaway Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico before the anticipated arrival of any gale-force winds.A gale-force wind is 40 knots, National Incident Commander and retired US Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters during a news briefing conference call on June 25.If an approaching hurricane were to force crews to abandon the spill response area and to move all vessels, it could take up to 14 days to redeploy everything, Allen said."Obviously, it's going to be a very negative effect," Allen said if a storm were to disrupt the collection of oil and gas now being diverted from spilling into t...
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