Weather delays BP spill efforts

EMBATTLED oil major BP will delay the removal of a failed blowout preventer on top of its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well because of bad weather, the top US official overseeing the oil spill said yesterday.

“We are in a weather hold right now,” coast guard admiral Thad Allen said, pointing out that seas were six to eight feet high at the site of the Macondo well.

He said bad weather is expected to last two to three days. The blowout preventer retrieval had been slated for today or tomorrow.