Gulf Oil Kill Latest

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 8:42am

Static kill of the well is a success, but questions remain about the amount of oil still in the Gulf.

After a day of announcements of advances in the Gulf, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said, "Basically have reached a static condition in the well," while President Obama said, "The vast majority of the spilled oil has been dispersed or removed from the water."

Along that water, they are taking it all with a grain of salt.

Fisherman Frank Frelish said, "You don't know where it is, you don't know where it's coming up."

Another fisherman, William Wall said, "You can't have a spill that large, fifteen times the size of the Valdez, and within 120 days, expect 75% of it to be gone."

But government scientists say it is. According to the report, three quarters of the oil has either broken down naturally or was recovered or burned and only 26 percent remains.

Which is still more than a million barrels and even the government still admitted concern.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco of NOAA said, "Diluted and out of sight doesn't necessarily mean benign and we remain concerned about the long-term impacts, both on the marshes and the wildlife, but also beneath the surface, and are actively studying that."

Meantime, after a day of studying the static kill, the government has given BP the go ahead to now cement the well from the top.

Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu said, "We have a very good situation. We relieved a lot of the excess pressure off the damaged bop and the sealing cap. That's one step along the way to finally killing the well."

But finally killing the well will still only come through the relief well, which could resume drilling later today.

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