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No sign of leaks but capped BP well needs more tests


It is so far so good for the containment cap on BP’s ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well.

Bubbles coming out of a valve on piping at the very top of the well are apparently “quite normal” and the firm says there is no evidence of any leaks.

But tests could be extended as pressure is rising more slowly than was hoped.

Those affected by the spill know their nightmare is not over yet.

“You know, as far as getting livelihoods back, that is going to be down the road. We are going to have to heal the damage that has been done right now and get our publicity back out there to assure everybody that everything is great, back the way it used to be,” said Louisiana resident Mike Jeffcoat.

But an expert from an international ocean conservation group does see a brighter future.

“Mother Nature is pretty tough and pretty resilient and if you give her a chance, she will come back,” said Mike Hirshfield, Chief Scientist with Oceana.
“The Gulf has withstood a lot of punches in the past and, you know, we are hopeful that, although it may take several years or even, potentially, a decade, that ultimately we will see a recovery in the Gulf.”

Oil-coated pelicans have been the symbol of this disaster. For other Gulf inhabitants like bluefin tuna it is feared the damage caused could be irreparable.

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