The vessel that engineers are using to drill a relief well was back on site near BP’s ruptured deepwater well on Sunday. However, officials said storms could continue to thwart containment and cleanup efforts.
“We’re going to be playing a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the hurricane season,” retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters Saturday.
Allen, who is heading the federal government’s response to the spill, said at least one of this year’s 8 to 14 projected hurricanes could come when vessels are still at the site.
Ships critical for work on BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico started returning Saturday afternoon after the former tropical depression known as Bonnie lost its punch.