After 87 days, there's no oil leaking into the Gulf due to BP's new cap


This new cap is only a temporary solution. BP is still looking to drill a relief well, which may be a permanent fix to the damaged well, seeing as this cap was originally intended to only shut the well during extreme weather. There is also the option to allow the oil to flow once again to allow BP to collect it using four surface ships, with officials estimating the collection of 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day.


The other option? Fix it and leave it closed.


Read the rest of the story from the New York Times here.


Image via the Associated Press.

BP announced today that their newest well cap, installed yesterday afternoon, is working (so far). For the first time in 87 days, there was no oil leaking into the Gulf.

The New York Times stated:

"...the view on Thursday afternoon was eerily tranquil, just the slate blue of the deep interspersed with small white particles floating across the screen. Though the exact amount of the oil that has poured out of the well may never be known, it was suddenly and for the first time a fixed amount. The disaster was, for a little while at least, finite."

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