For the first time since April, no oil was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. Reports coming in from BP indicate the custom-made sealing cap is holding for now, although the integrity test could end after six hours if it didn’t work. The test began at 2:00pm EST and could go on for 48 hours if the pressure readings hold.
No Oil Flowing Into the Gulf
According to CNN.com, “A highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within BP’s ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well began Thursday after a delay caused by leaking equipment. A short time later, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells announced that for the first time in months, no oil was flowing into the Gulf. The data is being particularly closely scrutinized at six-hour intervals, so a key time will occur later Thursday night, after the first six hours.”
No Guarantees If Cap Could Contain Oil
“The cap, lowered in place earlier this week, has never been deployed at such depths or under such conditions and therefore, there were no guarantees on how well it would contain the oil, BP said,” CNN continued.
If the pressure readings drop, that means there’s a problem somewhere. There are two potentially good options, that either the cap works by itself, or that there is enough flow, and they have enough ways to capturing all of it.