87 days after the news of the Gulf oil spill hit our computer screens, BP has finally announced — and backed up with their video feed — that no more oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The statement was made yesterday and BP noted this morning that their temporary solution was working and there was no sign of fresh leaks. BP is continuing their work on relief wells that are thought to be a more permanent fix, but at least no new oil will be entering the waters of the Gulf (for now).
Since the spill started, millions of gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico and President Obama has called it the worst natural disaster in US history. There is no official estimate of the amount of oil that has escaped the well but experts believe it to have been at least 210,000 and perhaps as high as four million gallons a day — yeah, we’re thinking the same thing, that’s a big range. We are hopeful that this recent news means that all efforts can now be focused on cleanup, however with BP’s terrible track record, we’re not holding our breath.
The spill started on April 20th after an explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon Offshore Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico which killed 11 workers. After the explosion, the blowout preventor — the only backup plan that oil rigs have — failed and the well started gushing. This is the first time in the almost three months that the oil leak has been completely plugged. While we wait for BP’s permanent relief wells to be finished we hope that we won’t soon forget this disaster. Rescue workers will be cleaning up the effects of this spill for years to come and the lives of many in the Gulf will never be the same. As we said when this whole thing started, we’re hoping that this sad situation will help push our country into the future of green energy so we can avoid disasters like this one.