POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:32pm
Tuesday was a critical day on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico
With a new, tighter fitting cap over the leaking oil riser, engineers are now testing the seal and the integrity of the well.
The plan is to slowly close valves on the cap while monitoring pressure.
If the pressure readings are high and the stack holds for roughly six hours, it could signal the new effort is working.
If that's the case testing could continue for up to 48-hours, a pressure drop indicates another leak in the well.
Charter Captain Mike Frenette, like so many who made their living in the Gulf's waters, is cautiously optimistic.
He's also quick to point out the end of the oil flow won't be the end of this disaster or the devastation for those affected by the spill.
"There are a lot of uncertainties as far as our fisheries, our livelihood and what is going to happen in the future as far as all if us," Frenette points out.
Depending on what happens with the pressure testing, BP could either keep the cap closed and the oil contained or begin siphoning most or all of the crude to containment ships on the surface.