The news that BP had temporarily plugged its leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well was greeted with cautious optimism by the White House.
President Barack Obama said: ‘‘I think that it is a positive sign. We’re still in the testing phase. I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow.’‘
The President said little, with BP’s new cap still being tested. There was also little celebration from the British oil giant. The company’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said: ‘’ ‘‘It’s an encouraging sign. In a couple more days it may be even more encouraging. But, no celebrations. You know, if you go talk to the people that live here, celebration is a wrong word.’‘
But, for the people living in the Gulf region, however, finally some positive news and hope that the road to recovery has begun.
‘‘Its a big relief, it is a big relief. At least part of the problem is over, a big part of the problem is over. Getting it cleaned up and getting back our way of life is the next step,’‘ one resident said.
It is now nearly 3 months since the Deepwater Horizon blew, recovering from the ecological and economic disaster, however, will take much longer.