Killing the well at this point was the easy part of the oil spill cleanup for the beleaguered corporate giant, whose image will be stained, and bottom line impacted, for years to come.
BP says it will stay for years, but some oil spill relief operations are winding down. The loss of BP jobs, along with the drilling moratorium, could mean tough times for the Gulf Coast.
Louisiana residents are relieved that no more oil is spewing and that a 'bottom kill' to seal the well will begin soon. But they are also worried, about BP's commitment to a full cleanup and a report that most of the oil is gone.
Tropical depression racing toward the Gulf of Mexico Thursday increased pressure on BP and the US government to decide whether to evacuate dozens of ships at the site of the ruptured oil well.
The BP oil seep now being witnessed on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, along with conflicting messages from BP and the federal government, spell an uncertain future for the capped well.
It will take months, or possibly years to recover from the Gulf oil spill. But there are signs that people are trying to get life – or at least a small part of it – back to normal.
Three months of poking and prodding in the Gulf oil spill have recast how companies will respond to future deep-sea accidents. On Friday, a new containment cap appeared to be holding steady, with no signs of oil leaking.
Gulf oil cap appeared to be holding steady Friday morning, almost midway into a white-knuckle waiting period in which engineers watched the pressure gauges for signs of a leak.
An anonymous plumber provided sketches of a flange and seal design six weeks ago that is almost identical to the containment cap lowered onto the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. It's the latest effort to stop the BP oil spill.
Video from the BP live feed Monday night suggested that the new cap is in place. The next 48 hours will be crucial to determining whether BP's latest bid to stem the Gulf oil spill works.