This afternoon, BP was able to test a containment cap on the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, after a series of problems and delays. Now, for the first time in months, there is no oil flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, the company says.
NPR’s Richard Harris said that, half an hour ago, he was watching live footage of the well when “the huge clouds of oil just simply stopped flowing.”
This was part of the test, as BP measures pressure in the well to see how it’s holding. Higher pressure readings mean the well is containing the oil, while lower pressure means some is leaking out. At the moment, it is “too soon” to conclude results, BP said. BP will formally review data from the test with government officials every six hours, Suttles said, so a key time will occur later Thursday night, said CNN on their website.
(READ the story at NPR.org)