As of this afternoon, the leak has been stopped. So celebrate, right? Well. It’s a only a temporary measure, so a bit premature for celebration.
According to the AP article I just read, it has been “85 days and up to 184 million gallons.”
184 million gallons!
At the very least, if the cap holds and the next steps work (new wells), the engineers can focus on the failure analysis, and by that I mean prevention of the next failure, not finger-pointing. And perhaps those cleaning up might start to feel that they’re making progress instead of just stop-gapping.
And we are all assuming, hoping, and praying that capping this tube doesn’t just force the oil to find another outlet, rupturing the seabed for example.
Still watching and waiting, then. Not celebrating. Not yet.