BP Resumes Work on Relief Well
Luckily for BP crews trying to finish the long-awaited oil spill relief well, the threatened tropical storm that suspended operations yesterday petered out. Once the area around the relief well is cleaned out, BP drilling operations will recommence only about a day behind schedule. Barring any other weather issues, BP expects to have the relief well completed early next week. BP estimates indicate the bottom-kill procedure to permanently disable its ruptured well should be completed by the end of next week.
As relief well operations continue, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been evaluating the residual impact of the BP oil spill on beaches, shoreline, and fishing areas. On Tuesday, the NOAA reopened 5,144 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico for finfish fishing. The NOAA claims that there is no evidence of the oil spill in the waters in that area, and that fish caught in the oil spill area tested ‘clean’ for contamination.
Effects of the BP oil spill on some of the Louisiana shoreline marshes also seem to be abating. New green grass is growing despite instances of oil from the oil spill continuing to wash ashore in some areas.
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