An experimental cap placed on the BP broken well in the Gulf of Mexico that began leaking oil months ago, has stopped the oil leak for the first time since the oil rig exploding in April.
BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells told reporters that for the first time in almost three months, no oil was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at 2:25 p.m. CST.
This new experimental cap, which was an integrity test, isn’t considered a permanent solution, but BP hoped this would stop the flow of oil until two relief wells are finished, which are expected to be completed in August.
“The sealing cap system never before has been deployed at these depths or under these conditions, and its efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured,” BP said earlier today, before announcing the cap was working.
“It felt very good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico,” Wells said in a briefing. He said company officials are “obviously very encouraged” but they are “trying to maintain a strict focus” on remembering the whole purpose of the test, which is to gather data and decide how to proceed.
“I don’t want to create a false sense of excitement,” he said. “We want to move forward and make the right decisions.”
“Hallelujah. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. “My goodness. This have taken us three months. We’ve been hurt, and hurt badly.”