Five months after BP oil rig disaster, US government declares well ‘dead’

20 Sep

So finally the moment is there after 5 horrible months the oil well is finally closed! This doesn’t mean the problem is over like BP and U.S officials would like to let you believe. The effects of this massive disaster will still have to come out, the coming 10 years the Gulf needs to stay high priority and under major surveillance by the world community.

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The clean-up operation on the coast of Louisiana at the height of the spill

The clean-up operation on the coast of Louisiana at the height of the spill Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

The US government has declared the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the biggest oil spill in American history, “effectively dead” after a final plug of cement was pumped in.

Five months after the explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and let loose millions of barrels of crude oil, the well passed a pressure test yesterday that confirmed it was sealed about 5,000 metres below the sea bed.

“We can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead,” said Thad Allen, the former coast guard admiral heading the government response to the spill. Allen declared that the well “poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico”.

The spill was brought to a halt in July with a temporary cap while a relief well was completed. That well finally reached the main shaft on Thursday, permitting the cement plug to be pumped in.

Barack Obama hailed the news as an “important milestone” and praised those who “worked around the clock to respond to this crisis and ultimately complete this challenging but critical step to ensure that the well has stopped leaking for ever”.

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