Quarta feira (20 de Outubro) marcou seis meses desde o início do derramamento de petróleo da PB no Golfo do México em Abril. O petróleo não está mais fluindo do poço, mas o impacto do uso dos dispersantes químicos que foram vaporizados sobre a água e áreas costeiras continua. A devastação da vida marinha e de ecossistemas costeiros inteiros nesse desastre ambiental está apensa começando a ser compreendida. (mais…)
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BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Thursday afternoon that the last of a series of valves on a cap atop the well was fully closed around 12:25 p.m. PDT, shutting off the flow.
The total seal is a temporary measure while BP tests the integrity of the well to determine if the pipes below the sea floor are in good enough shape to allow the seal to stay in place.
The test could also show that the well is too compromised to withstand the seal. In that case, the valves would be opened, releasing oil into the ocean again. BP would use a series of pipes and ships to suck up some — and perhaps all — of the leaking oil, estimated to be 60,000 barrels per day.
“As you can imagine, it felt very good not to see any oil going into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Wells, who has been a prominent face of the beleaguered oil company since the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon rig. “What I’m trying to do is maintain my emotions. Remember, this is the start of our test.”
Richard Fausset in Atlanta