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BP: Cap has stopped Gulf oil leak

July 15, 2010

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— A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of crude escaping through the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap.

"I am very pleased that there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, I'm really excited there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said.

The stoppage came 85 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes after the first report April 20 of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and triggered the spill.

Now begins a waiting period to see if the cap can hold the oil without blowing a new leak in the well. Engineers will monitor pressure readings incrementally for up to 48 hours before reopening the cap while they decide what to do.

Though not a permanent fix, the solution has been the only one that has worked to stem the flow of oil since April. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good by mid-August.

BP has struggled to contain the spill and had so far been successful only in reducing the flow, not stopping it. The company removed an old, leaky cap and installed the new one Monday.

Between 93.5 million and 184.3 million have already spilled into the Gulf, according to federal estimates.

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fancy80 3 years, 9 months ago

jeez people, does everything have to be so freaking political? The cap has stopped the oil leak, for now. At the risk of sounding preachy, let's all hope and pray that this works until they can fix it permanently. This is good news. Can we just be thankful for this one thing? Tomorrow we can blame G.W. Bush, Pres. Obama, Joe the Plumber, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, and the Tea Party for the rest of the crap that is going on.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

Woo hoo! Dear Leader can finally relax and play some golf. Oh ,wait, he's been doing that all along. Never mind....

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RATM 3 years, 9 months ago

Was it Joe the Plumber? If so look out for him in 2012.

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Sigmund 3 years, 9 months ago

"An anonymous plumber provided sketches of a flange and seal design six weeks ago that is almost identical to the containment cap lowered onto the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico." BP oil spill: 'Mystery plumber' may be brains behind containment cap, By Patrik Jonsson, July 15, 2010, CSMonitor Online. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0715/BP-oil-spill-Mystery-plumber-may-be-brains-behind-containment-cap

So much for blue ribbon panels and expert commissions.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 9 months ago

Now let's drive BP out of business and all will be perfect in the world!

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edjayhawk 3 years, 9 months ago

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ibroke 3 years, 9 months ago

if i were BP now that the spill is contained i would pack up and move to the middle east area to drill there

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rockchalk1977 3 years, 9 months ago

The Jones Act and Obama's love of unions delayed the gulf cleanup for weeks. Foreign countries had the skimmers BP needed but the "anointed one" was busy looking for a solution at every golf course in the nation. Never let a good crisis go to waste... right Ron Ronbo Dead Fish!

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jstthefacts 3 years, 9 months ago

All of the sudden!!! Just like that? A few turtles, a few birds, a few fish, a few jobs, no big deal.

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overplayedhistory 3 years, 9 months ago

Great! Now make them only able to sell recovered oil until the gulf is restored and I will pay 4.50 at the pump even if cheaper gas is available. Are any of the pro charity libertarians with me?

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Liberty_One 3 years, 9 months ago

Well it's about time. Should never have happened in the first place, but the government protects oil companies and not fisherman. Same thing happened with the Exxon spill.

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waka2 3 years, 9 months ago

dude all oil sould be banned forevar

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grammaddy 3 years, 9 months ago

Good news, if it is true. Since this was released by BP, I can only hope.

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