There has been progress, but the outcome is not certain.
That is the word from BP today after the latest attempts to repair the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
The energy giant is sticking to its estimate that the plugging operation has a 60-70 percent chance of success.
BP is also defending itself against accusations that it is not doing enough to deal with the crisis.
BP spokesman Michael Abendhoff said: “I know there’s a perceived lack of action out there and I can tell you being down here that we’re working 24/7, everything we can do to minimise the impacts, and that’s what we’ve said from day one. We’re here to stop the oil and we’re here to minimise impacts, and where there are impacts we’ve got people on shorelines cleaning them up.”
BP says while they have had some luck in plugging the ruptured seafloor well, it could be another 48 hours before it is known if the repairs have been successful.
The cost of the disaster so far is said to be the equivalent of 750 million euros, up from a 615 million euros estimate on Monday.