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BP finally plugs leaking Gulf oil well

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BP finally plugs leaking Gulf oil well


The deep sea well at the centre for the worst US oil spill in history has been plugged once and for all.

The coastguard has confirmed that BP has managed to “kill” the well with cement, more than five kilometres below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

The permanent fix comes 153 days after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 workers and sent more than four million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf.

While the well may now be sealed, the threat to the environment is ongoing and near impossible to assess.

The cost to the local economy is also still being counted. Gulf state fishermen will be feeling the effects for years to come.

Tony Dardar, a shrimper in Louisiana, sums up their uncertainty.

“I’m still stumped,” he says. “Where is the oil to begin with, where is it? If it is mixed in the water, where is it going to kill? I mean what is it going to do.”

BP has already set aside a 15 billion euro compensation fund and spent six billion euros on the clean up operation. Having now dealt with the leaking well, the company can now focus on containing the legal fallout.

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