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Well cap has stopped the oil spill and appears to be holding. Much more to do but this is a promising start.

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The latest cap installed to control the oil leaking from the wellhead seems to be holding, and while it will require additional pressure tests to verify that the cap can continue to hold back the pressure from the well and contain the oil, today seems to be a good day to be an optimist.

Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed that this attempt, combined with the subsequent cementing that will come from the relief well which continues its drilling operations, will be the end of new material being emitted from this well.

This achievement, if it proves to be ultimately successful, is a great start, but we must remain mindful that stopping the oil flow is but one of the tasks to be quickly completed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.

Written by Will Nuckols

July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

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