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US says Gulf oil leak has stopped

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The chief government official in charge of dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says they have been able to stop the flow. But it is unclear whether they can sustain it.

BP plans to pump more mud into the well to weigh down the oil and prevent it from gushing out. It then hopes to cap the well with cement.

Barack Obama heads to the Gulf coast later today to keep tabs on the catastrophe amid criticism over what many Americans see as the government’s slow response.

The President maintains he is not shirking his own role in the affair. “In case you were wondering who’s responsible, I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down,” he said.

In Louisiana the oil spill has shut down a lucrative fishing trade and angered locals still recovering from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scientists say oil has damaged coastal wetlands, breaching protective booms that had been put in place to stop it.