Barack Obama says BP’s successful capping of the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is “good news”.
But the US President hedged his bets, saying the problem would not be permanently resolved until nearby relief wells are fully working:
“The new cap is good news..either we will be able to use it to stop the flow or we will be able to use it to capture almost all of the oil until the relief well is done. But we are not going to know for certain which approach makes sense until additional data is in and all the american people should rest assured that all these decisions will be based on the science and what’s best for the people of the Gulf.”
Engineers finally choked off the deepsea well on Thursday.
The well’s cap blew on April the 20th, killing 11 workers and leading to the worst oil spill in US history and an environmental disaster for the Gulf coast.
An estimated 80 thousand barrels of crude a day have been leaking into the ocean.