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Oil leak capped but questions remain

07-16-2010 13:32 BJT

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BP's has finally stopped an oil leak at the Deepwater Horizon rig, nearly three months after an explosion back in April. But the damage has been done, with nearly 700 million liters of oil having leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.

Many are welcoming the end of the spill, but are questioning whether it could have been achieved sooner.

Millions of people along the Gulf Coast have breathed a sigh of relief, after watching the billowing brown cloud of crude oil at the bottom of the sea, finally disappear from an underwater video feed.

Tamera Williams, Tourist from Virginia, said, "I think the news is great and hopefully they can get the waters cleaned up and get all the fishes and stuff back safe."

Rika Blake, Texas Resident, said, "I'm glad it stopped. We live in Texas and, I mean, we don't live on the coast but we live sort of to the coast and we are glad. It affects our whole economy and our ecology."

Now the waiting game begins, to see if the cap can hold the oil without blowing a new leak in the well.

But the company stopped far short of declaring victory, over the biggest offshore oil spill in US history, and one of the nation's worst environmental disasters.

And after a string of failed attempts by BP to contain the leak, the news seems to have elicited more skepticism than joy.

New York Tourist, said, "I don't understand why it took 87 days. That is what I don't understand."

Paula Walker, Oil Worker, BP Deepwater Horizon Survivor, said, "The only feeling I have, it just took so long before they capped the well."

Johnny Schneider, Commercial Fisherman, said, "The damage is done, huh? The oil is everywhere now."

Don Smith, Maryland Resident, said, "Well, it is about time. Should have had a backup plan from day one, you know? The government doesn't clamp down on the big companies."

The biggest risk is that pressure from the oil trapped under the cap may fracture the well and make the leak even worse, causing oil to spill from other spots on the sea floor.

Meanwhile, BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it permanently by mid-August. After that, the Gulf Coast faces a monumental cleanup job and restoration that could take years.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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