Skeptic Excitement Along the Gulf Coast
U.S. Coast Guard In the Gulf Coast Region there is a sense of skeptic excitement. On July, 15, BP managed to design and place a cap over the broken riser and stop the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf since mid April.
While residents are optimistic that this will finally lead to the closure of the well the integrity tests will continue for another 24 hours while scientists try to gain an understanding as to why the pressure inside the cap is lower than they expected.
The government and BP scientists believe the low pressure could mean a leak or may be a result of all the oil having already leaked into the gulf the well needed time to build enough pressure to test the strength of the cap.
Those affected by the gulf are waiting to hear the magic number 7,500, when the pressure per square inch will prove that the leak has indeed been stopped and they can focus on the cleanup of the Gulf's waters and shores.
"We remain cautiously optimistic about the recent positive developments on the BP oil well in the Gulf," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal when oil had stopped flowing into the Gulf. "Of course, it is too early to declare victory and there is still a lot more work that needs to be done."
With the tight seal of the cap there is now an option to temporarily shut off the siphoning rigs on the surface during hurricanes and bad weather.
Skimming operations, controlled burns and clean up operations continue throughout the Gulf.