The news that the flow of oil is being stemmed has been welcomed by Barack Obama, who has made several trips to the Gulf since being accused of an intially slow response to the spill.
The US President said:
“So the long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil is finally coming to an end, and we are very pleased with that. Our recovery efforts though will continue. We have to reverse that damage that has been done. We will continue to hold polluters responsible for the destruction they’ve caused. We are going to make sure that folks that were harmed are reimbursed, and we’re going to stand by the people of the region for however long it takes until they are back on their feet.”
The progress in containing the spill is a relief for the President, whose own approval ratings have suffered. One poll this summer suggested that nearly 60 percent of Americans disapproved of his handling of the disaster.