E2 Round-up: Gulf relief well halted with Bonnie approaching, two BP managers named in federal probe, while California voters diss offshore drilling

Many vessels and rigs began preparing to move Thursday night due to the incoming storm and officials said the departure of the relief well rig would delay work for at least 10 days.

The center of Bonnie was expected to pass near or over the Florida Keys Friday and part of the southern Florida peninsula and could reach the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, according to AP.

Two BP managers named in federal probe

“Two managers from BP PLC have been named as subjects of a federal investigation into the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The two men are the first individuals from BP to be named ‘parties in interest’ in the case, indicating that they are potential targets of the probe.”

Both were on the BP-run rig when a well being drilled by the company exploded April 20.

Offshore drilling plunges in the minds of California voters

“In the midst of the worst oil-spill disaster in U.S. history, California voters’ opinion of allowing new drilling off their coast took a nose dive from two years ago, according to a Field poll released today,” the Sacramento Bee notes.

“Voter support for drilling in state water began to slide 30 years ago, but the poll shows it plunged from 43 percent two years ago to only 31 percent today. Sixty-one percent now oppose it, nearly a 2-1 ratio of opposition.”