RIP Deepwater Horizon Well
POSTED: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:39am
UPDATED: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:39am
The BP Macondo well that leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been declared dead. The cement seal is ho
It began with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air, as the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and then collapsed.
Eleven lives were lost and oil began to seep into the Gulf -- the start of the worst spill in U.S. history.
Now 153 days later, with no ceremony or fanfare and more than two months after a containment cap stopped the flow of crude, government scientists say the final seal - 74 barrels of cement - withstood overnight pressure tests.
The well will never leak again.
President Obama acknowledged the work that's been done and, perhaps, the more difficult job that lies ahead in a written statement which said in part:
"We will continue to work closely with the people of the Gulf to rebuild their livelihoods and restore the environment that supports them. My administration will see our communities, our businesses, and our fragile ecosystems through this difficult time."
Difficulties that continue to wash up along the Gulf Coast.
Cleanup teams work everyday in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana, but it seems the oil is winning the battle there.
"I've been taking people along the shore line for weeks, months, watching the clean up, and it just keeps coming", said Charter Boat Captain Joe DiMarco.
DiMarco worries now that the well is sealed, the support won't keep coming.
"We can fix something like Katrina”, said Dimarco. “We can't fix something like this on our own. We need help from the whole country, really, everybody."
Help they may need for years to come.