Friday 23 March 2018

Obama committed to Gulf repair as oil leak sealed

Dan Crow in Washington

PRESIDENT Obama last night welcomed news that the devastating leak that wreaked environmental disaster along the Gulf of Mexico has finally been plugged.

He described the successful "kill" of the blown-out BP well as a milestone in his administration's response to the disaster.

The government's manager of the catastrophe Coast Guard Thad Allen, said that tests show BP's well "is effectively dead" and poses no further threat.

Mr Obama said his administration remains committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the Gulf Coast recovers fully from the disaster. BP confirmed last night that the cement plug has permanently killed the leak in the well nearly four kilometers below the sea floor five months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in US history. It was only contained in mid-July after a temporary cap was successfully fitted atop the well. Mud and cement were later pushed down through the top of the well, allowing the cap to be removed. But the well could not be declared dead until a relief well was drilled so that the ruptured well could be sealed, ensuring it never causes a problem again.

Irish Independent

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