As the environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be drawing to a close BP says it may drill a new well to extract crude left behind in the damaged reservoir.
First though, crews are planning to resume work on a relief well over three kilometres beneath the sea floor to inject more mud and cement above the source of the oil.
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer on the scene said it will soon be time to move to a new phase: “Clearly there’s lots of oil and gas here and we’ll have to think about what to do with it at some point.
“What we’ve always stated is: the original well, the well that had the blowout, and the relief wells will be abandoned and that’s what we’re doing,” he added.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board says it will take five years to get back to normal but in New Orleans one seafood restaurant owner was a little more optimistic.
Adelaide Martin said: “There is definitely a little bit of an availability issue but here at Commander’s, we haven’t had a problem the whole time with getting what we needed.
“We’ve been lucky, and we think that we’re going to be OK.”
The US Food and Drug Administration is trying to allay fears that seafood in the affected area may be contaminated saying that the chemical dispersants used to break-up the spill are harmless to marine life and not a public health concern.