The new cap has stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The BP oil spill is no longer gushing into the ocean as of now. The flow was stopped 85 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
This situation is not permanent officials warn. It is likely though that the new cap system will keep the oil from flowing into the Gulf until the relief well is completed. Completion is scheduled for mid August.
Finally, there is a bit of good news. It is amazing that the oil is not flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at this point. Officials do believe that the cap will actually end up being a siphoning system though. They expect it to collect 80,000 barrels each day.
The video of the oil stopping was an amazing sight to see. Regardless of what happens, at least there has been some reprieve from the gushing oil. The next 48 hours will be critical in determining the success of the new capping system.
While we take a moment to celebrate the possible success, we also have to remember that this mess is far from over. The oil will affect the Gulf Coast for years, if not decades, to come. I am thankful for some positive news though. The video below gives more information about what happened today.
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