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After Months of SNAFUs...
Well, it's starting to look like the Gulf of Mexico's luck might finally be changing. Today brings a few more pieces of good news from BP about its gigantic oil spill mess. First, we learn that the relief well - which is the most permanent way to plug the oil well - is "days from completion" and could actually reach the well by this weekend. After that, a couple more weeks would be required to seal the well. The second good news is that the oil seepage that was detected has been traced back to another well (there are tens of thousands of abandoned wells in the Gulf). Read on for more details.
The government man in charge, Admiral Thad Allen, has also said that 5 leaks found around the BP well were just "drips" and not a concern. The well is stable, according to him.
BP vice-president Kent Wells said the relief well was on schedule for completion.
"The relief well is exactly where we want it, pointed in the right direction," he said.
"The intercept of the Macondo well is still for the end of July." (source)
At this point, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a lot brighter. Things might be delayed if there's a big hurricane that arrives in the Gulf of Mexico soon, but unless there's something of that magnitude, it looks like the well will be permanently sealed by early August.
This is just the end of the beginning, though. There's still a lot of oil in the Gulf, and a lot of cleanup necessary.
There are also reports that BP CEO Tony Hayward is going to step down around September. Not a moment too soon.
Via BBC, ABC
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