The Gulf Oil spill stopped, outlook improving for the region. The BP owned oil rig wreaking havoc on the Gulf Of Mexico since an April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion has been capped. The cap was effectively installed on on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Official U.S. Coast Guard reports maintain the cap was still preventing the leak as of July 17, 2010, after a period of "watchful waiting."
Scientists, engineers, and governmental officials are worried the cap may not permanently prevent oil from spilling into the Gulf. Officials have reported no "obvious signs of leaks" and continue to interpret pressure readings from the well to determine if the cap will hold. Pressure recordings from the cap are rising, which indicates the cap is preventing the well from leaking.
BP PLC vice president Kent Wells confrmed that pressure, temperature, sonar, robotic, and other oil sensoring devices have not noted oil leaking into the sea. BP and government officials have become "more comfortable" with calling the cap a success. BP and U.S. officials are hopeful the cap will hold until the construction of a relief well is complete.
Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen expects the cap to be attached to pipes and ships on the ocean's surface to collect oil, with a danger of additional crude oil fed back into the Gulf to relieve pressure within the cap. Officials are also investigating options to clean up the Gulf before the potential threat of hurricanes spread the oil further.
Reports from local media outlets confirm that conditions in the Gulf are slowly improving. Residence along the Gulf coast are going forward with life in the region, despite free floating tar balls in places along Alabama's coast and a governmental bad on sections of the Gulf's waters. Non-commercial fisherman have returned to fish along the coast of Louisana to catch redfish, mullet, flouder, and catfish. Visible improvements in the quality of the water of the Gulf have been noted by plane and by shore. Coast Guard officials took to planes above the Gulf on Saturday, July 17, 2010 and reported "far less visible crude oil" along the surface.
An estimated 94 million to 184 million gallons of crude oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico per estimates by U.S. officials.