BP Caps Oil Well

BP Caps Oil Well

BP cut a pipe 5000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico and put a cap on the valve that has been leaking oil for the past month. “Cap” sounds much less formal than the Top Hat BP tried to use a few weeks ago.

Some oil is being recovered, but crude oil is still gushing into the water, fouling  sea life, birds, and the shores of four states. The rate of the oil spill may have been slowed, but estimates vary. To get an idea of the scope of this ongoing disaster, use the PBS Oil Spill Ticker.


“How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?” Chris Amico, PBS News Hour.

“BP caps leaking valve on Deepwater Horizon,” Process Engineering.

“Lab tests confirm underwater layers of oil,” Cain Burdeau, AP via Businessweek.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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