BP Sending Back Ship as Bonnie Weakens

Well's containment cap unlikely to be affected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2010 8:52 AM CDT
Walt Dorn, of Patriot Environmental Services, briefs Vice President Joe Biden in the oil boom repair shop at the Theodore Staging Facility in Theodore, Ala., Thursday, July 22, 2010.   (Dave Martin)
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(Newser) – A key ship is preparing to move back toward the site of BP's broken oil well as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie weaken over the Gulf. A BP spokesman says the rig drilling the relief tunnel that will blast mud into the broken well to permanently seal it is getting ready to head back.

Bonnie made landfall south of Miami early yesterday as a feeble tropical storm with top sustained winds of 40 mph. It broke apart as it crossed Florida and was barely a tropical depression as it moved into the Gulf. Forecasters said it was weakening and less likely to strengthen as it neared the spill site.

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