Gulf blowout capped - will it hold?
So far so good with the cap BP has placed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blowout. The video above shows it all - no more billowing plume of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Kent Wells, a BP vice president, said at a press briefing this morning that pressure is good (meaning high) inside the cap, the Associated Press reports. The pressure test that began Thursday afternoon could go on for up to 48 hours, company officials have said, before deciding if the cap is working and the well is not leaking somewhere else.
Company officials say they're encouraged, but until the tests are complete are withholding any claims of success. Meanwhile, though, this is the first time oil hasn't been pouring into the Gulf in nearly three months.
To stay abreast of developments, check out these sites:
- The Daily Glob, a news blog tracking reporting on the blowout response, its cause and consequences (full disclosure, I'm a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which produces this blog)
- Deepwater Horizon Response, the official website of the unified command of government and private entities working to halt the oil and clean it up
- BP's Gulf of Mexico Response, the company's website