Cautiously optimistic on plugging the gusher

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).

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