Gulf Update: Some Oil Disappears, Static Kill Seems to Be Working
Back to the beach.
3:00 PM, Aug 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
ABC was first to report at the end of July that at least some of the oil spewed by the Deep Horizon well seemed to be breaking up, evaporating, and dispersing on its own— so much so that cleaning crews were having trouble finding the slick.
That doesn't mean the oil is completely gone, of course, but Rush Limbaugh is certainly entitled to a bit of an I-told-you-so moment for those who called him a monster for suggesting this might happen. Some of the oil remains below the surface, and long-term effects of both the oil and the chemical dispersants on the Gulf ecosystem may take a while to become clear. The disaster's not over, but it's nice to hear some good news.
At the White House briefing today, officials gave much credit to "Mother Nature" for having helped with the clean-up, but Gibbs declined to apologize for slamming the BP CEO for minimizing its possible impact.
"Nobody owes Tony Hayward an apology," he said.
The good news continues today with BP's announcement that its "static kill" seems to be preventing the flow of oil, with a "bottom kill" forthcoming:
And, the government is prepared to report that three quarters of the oil has been collected or evaporated, and poses much less risk than anticipated. They are dismissing fears that there are giant globs of underwater oil left leaving unaccounted for:
Obama told the AFL-CIO, after hearing an update on the oil spill, "The long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil is finally close to coming to an end." My general skepticism of the federal government advises me to take this report with a grain of salt, but word of progress is good.
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