The BP oil spill
has been plugged, meaning that oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of
Mexico for the first time since April 20. However BP claims it is “not
The well has been sealed with a new containment
cap and video showed that the plumes of oil have finally stopped
pouring from the wellhead.
US President Barack Obama said the development was a “positive sign” but reminded that BP is still in the testing phase.
is now conducting tests of the 150,000 pound cap on the wellhead, which
could take up to 48 hours. BP said it is possible that oil will escape
again before the testing is done.
BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles emphasised that there was no reason for “celebration” yet, particularly for those in areas already damaged by the oil spill.
“The job is not finished,” he said.
will focus on the Pressure within the cap. If it is low, this may
indicate that oil is leaking out further down the well.
pressure remains high, BP and the government will decide whether to
keep the well plugged or to leave it open and pipe oil to four vessels
on the surface.
Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal , was also cautious in his optimism.
is too early to declare victory,” he said. “Our battles don’t end even
when the well is capped. Millions of gallons of oil are still in the
Gulf and some estimates show that oil will continue to hit our shores
for many more months or maybe even longer.”
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