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R.I.P. Gulf Oil Well

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Posted on Sep 19, 2010
NASA

A view of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the International Space Station.

It looks like the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is officially dead. The procedure to seal the well—or in oil industry terms, to “kill” it—has been pronounced a success, providing an unceremonious end to the spilling of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.

But they’re not dancing on the decks of the shrimp boats just yet. The environmental disaster inflicted by the massive spill will haunt the fragile Gulf ecosystem for years to come. —JCL

The BBC:

The ruptured well that has spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has finally been sealed, US officials say.

A pressure test showed a cement plug put in place by BP to permanently “kill” the well was holding.

President Obama hailed the news, vowing to continue to help those affected.

The worst offshore oil spill in US history began after the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up on 20 April, killing 11 workers and later sinking.

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By ralph, September 20, 2010 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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The well has been capped, but it is not “dead”.

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By Jim Yell, September 20, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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The BP crimes are not finished with us yet, anymore than Chernobyl is dead. We can fairly ask how many thousands, or millions will suffer serious health issues and death; and that isn’t even dealing with the death of an entire eco-system.

When are we going to start punishing these crimes? When are we even going to acknowledge that these are crimes? Always Remember that this “accident” was caused by grevious disregard for safety and disregard from official standards that would have made the event much less likely. Do we need regulation and enforcement? Damn right we do!

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By surfnow, September 20, 2010 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

Of course MSM outlets like CNN are not reporting on the highly toxic dispersants that BP is dumping in the Gulf everyday 24-7. Instead they get paid to air those bull**** announcement about how great a job they are doing there and what a “wonderful” and “caring” corporation they are

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