Concerned that stormy weather might soon force an evacuation in the Gulf of Mexico, BP temporarily suspended work on a relief well considered to be the ultimate solution for plugging the blown-out Macondo well that until last week had been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP Vice President Kent Wells said.So far it's just a tropical depression, but that's enough to put a halt to everything. Thad Allen says work could be halted for up two weeks.
As far as environmental concerns, there are signs of hope.
Tom Bianchi, a Texas A&M oceanography professor, has inspected the marshlands around Grand Isle, and CNN reports that he's found signs of encouragement:
Bianchi and researchers from several other universities studied the wetlands off Grand Isle, Louisiana, by boat over the past week, funded by a $114,000 emergency grant from the National Science Foundation. Several days of inspecting the swampy home of mussels, crabs, sea grass and microbial creatures yielded good news for a precious part of the region's food chain, Bianchi said.
You know what we can do to help? Eat some Gulf shrimp! Seafood! It's good and safe to eat, so if you can find it, help out the struggling fishermen and the local economy and eat seafood! I know I can still get Gulf shrimp around here.
Cross fingers that this new storm stays small then blows away. We don't need anymore new problems down here!