Friday, July 16, 2010

BP Oil Spill Capped?

Right now no oil can be seen flowing from the well. That does not mean we are out of the woods yet. There are fears that pressure build up could cause ruptures elsewhere and we could see oil leaking out of cracks in the sea floor. Even if this does effectively end the spill there is still that matter of all that oil that has been pouring into the gulf for the last three months; potentially 184 million gallons. This appears to be good news, but it is by no means the end of the story nor then end of the disaster, both ecological and economic, that will result from the spill.

Video embedded below.

"After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes Thursday by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring.

Though a temporary fix, the accomplishment was greeted with hope, high expectations -- and, in many cases along the beleaguered coastline, disbelief. From one Gulf Coast resident came this: "Hallelujah." And from another: "I got to see it to believe it."

If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn't crack and if the relief wells being prepared are completed successfully, this could be the beginning of the end for the spill. But that's a lot of ifs, and no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond the moment.

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