Well, the folks at BP are allowing themselves to be “cautiously optimistic” that they have successfully capped the oil gusher 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Eighty-some days into this debacle, BP seems to finally have gotten something right. But it ain’t over yet. A weak spot anywhere along the well’s pipeline could rupture at any minute, making things even worse than before, if you can imagine that.
Given BP’s (and its associates’) track record, a bit of skepticism is warranted.
We’re about 45 minutes away from the conclusion of the two-day test period of this cap to see if the well holds in roughly 7,500 pounds per square inch (psi) for an extended time. Talk about a pressure cooker!
For nearly 48 hours, the well has been expelling no apparent oil into the Gulf, which is good news.
The PBS/NPR Gulf Gusher Ticker is stopped at 92 million estimated gallons of goop spewed into the Gulf (that’s a middle-of-the-road estimate, far lower than some worst-case scenario estimates).
Even if this is successful, it’s only a temporary cap until the new taps can be executed to plug the well permanently.
And then the damage mitigation gets going in earnest.
It’s a godawful mess. I think I’ll look into seeing if I can be of some use on the ground (water) for cleanup operations.
I’m not marine biologist or geologist, but I’m sound, healthy and reasonably strong. Gimme a mop! I do Windows (and Mac).