Gulf Oil Spill: Day 92
After 92 days of a seemingly endless battle, we may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Last week the Deepwater Horizon's oil well was capped, cutting off the massive flow of crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. On Tuesday, BP allotted another 24 hours to the testing of the capped well.
According to Coast Guard Admiral Thad W. Allen, the commander of the oil spill response, there are a number of "minor" leaks above and around the well, but there's no real worry. Overall, BP says that they are "pleased with the results of testing so far and that there is no evidence of serious leaking".
Within the next 48 hours, officials are deciding if the well should be permanently sealed by pumping heavy mud into it, an operation known as static kill.
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Five days ago, two oil pipelines exploded in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China. 15 hours of burning land (including the destruction of numerous buildings) and thousands of gallons of oil later, 165 square miles of the Yellow Sea is filled with crude. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, and clean up efforts are under way.
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