BP’s new cap is fully functional
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.
No celebrations yet.
There still may be cracks in or below the sea floor filling with petroleum and methane that would create an even bigger problem and I don’t trust BP to tell us all that they know or our current MMS administration to even go about getting the correct information out to the public.