Eve of Success

Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 7:59am

Sealing of gulf oil well could be just days away.

The effort to permanently seal the fractured oil rig that has been leaking for more than three months could take a bit longer than expected.

Crews continue to work around the clock at the spill site, but Friday National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen acknowledged the most critical phase in work to stop the spill could be delayed by at least a full day.

On the surface there is a new sign of normalcy off the coast.

Commercial fishing boats hauling in their catches again, some for the first time in almost three months.

Meanwhile other vessels are still searching for and sucking up any oil they can find.

Most agree the move from response to recovery will take even longer than the work to stop the flow of oil.

To help with that effort BP has hired former FEMA head James Lee Witt as part of its recovery team.

"Our hope is we can do it as fast as we can as good as we can," he said. "It's really, really critical that we get this right."

BP also announced Friday that it has established a $100-million fund to support unemployed oil rig workers during the six-month deepwater drilling moratorium in the gulf.
 

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