Gulf oil leak has been stopped! But, will it last?

@mentalward (14716)
United States
July 16, 2010 7:21am CST
The newest cap seems to be working. But, will it hold? I'm waiting and hoping that it is finally stopped and won't start leaking again. The spilled oil, of course, will take a VERY long time to clean up but, if this cap holds, at least it's a step in the right direction. I'm skeptical, as most people probably are, but I am hopeful. Do you think this new cap will hold? Have you been directly affected by this disaster? If so, is there any way we who are not directly affected, could help? Have you had to change the way you live because of this leak?
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@dragon54u (28437)
• United States
16 Jul 10
I hope it holds. After all, an anonymous plumber is the source of the design. I have my doubts, though...until cap and tax passes our gov't needs the disaster to drive home the fake point that we need to pass something that will give it more money and power. I suspect that this disaster will be front page and in our face until that bill is passed--why do you think that it took so long to bring under control?! Sure, I'm a pessimist, but only where the government is concerned. I can only guess at the damage it's caused. Millions of barrels under the waters killing the sea life, seeping onto the beaches and traveling with the currents. That creates a helluva publicity poster for bills that will cost the taxpayers billions and squelch business. Yes, it's all political. Else the administration would have been there immediately and it would have been plugged within a week.
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@dragon54u (28437)
• United States
16 Jul 10
LOL! But seriously, I have thought about moving to Costa Rica or somewhere where you can live well at a fraction of the expense here and the government apparently doesn't give a crap what you do. I don't believe in abandoning the country, though, we should all stay and shape it into something beneficial. If the Mexican people would have the b*lls to do that, their country would be a great place but instead they flee north to help destroy ours by being puppets for our politicians. I do NOT think that the government had anything to do with the blowout but I do believe they have prolonged it and let the damage spread because it suits their needs. I think we will see that the plug won't last unless the cap and tax bill passes soon.
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16 Jul 10
BP owns this bill. What are you saying? Go to Costa Rica? You are trying to detach yourself from the government? We are the United States of America, our government was set up to be... by the people, for the people. If you are not involved, you get what you are given. The whole reason we vote is to put people in government that work for you, not against you. If more people would get involved, and keep tabs on what the elected are doing, you would have more government doing what you ask instead of doing what they want. Special interest groups would not matter, lobby personnel and big companies would not be talking to your representative because they know you will find out and they will not be back in office next time you vote. Don't detatch, attach and stick to it. You will be very surprised how they listen to millions of people who are watching their every move.
@ehsanji (492)
• Pakistan
16 Jul 10
I think they do have this technology to stop it. And they are trying their best to stop it because it has created a lot of mess whether it be from the ecological point of view, or whether it be from the company's reputation point of view. The natural life in the ocean is being affected directly, so the people living near the shores in that area. I think they should ban that company forever, and deal with other companies. It happened due to an irresponsible approach.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Jul 10
I agree with that last statement, ehsanji. There has been a lot of irresponsibility associated with this disaster. I also think there has been a lot of cover-up going on regarding it. I don't know what to think at this point because our government has a very long history of lying to us and, of course, BP is going to lie because they're desperate to stay in business. I suppose we won't know the entire truth until some time has passed. Time usually will expose the truth and the lies. All I can say at this point is that I hope this is true and the leak has been stopped for good.
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16 Jul 10
So, they capped it, again. This makes three times, one unsuccessfully, one partially successful and one working, but not permanent. How are they going to rebuild lives? A Gulf fishing charter captain with his whole life ahead of him sends his crew to get breakfast and shoots himself, because he was so depressed over the damage from the BP spill. We sit talking about the spill wondering how it will affect us, but do we really feel for the people whose lives are ruined forever? There are thousands of wells in the gulf, do you know how many of those are leaking and we don't know about them yet? Who let this happen? We did. We let our government say drill, drill, drill. Now we are sick, sad and worried about spill, spill, spill. We should blame only ourselves for letting our politicians run us instead of us running them.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
16 Jul 10
As a person who lives on the Gulf, all I can say is just wait and see how it goes. Right now, we can't even go to the beach, fishing is definitely out of the question; folks who make a living by the sea is fighting BP and trying some kind of way to keep food on the table. We had one man already take his life. this is a sad time for the people of this region. Katrina is barely five years old and then this happened. I don't know how this can be.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Jul 10
I'm hearing all kinds of stories about this. I can only hope that it's true that the leak has been stopped and that it lasts. It makes me so very angry to know that they did not have emergency safety measures in place a long time ago. Any project as large as this was should always have several options to fall back on in case of emergency. I'll just keep my eyes open to see what comes of it. I feel so very sad for that poor man who took his life and the family and friends he left behind. Even if this mess is cleaned up to where it was before the accident, those lives will never be the same. I wish I could do something!
@nancyrowina (3852)
16 Jul 10
I can't believe there wasn't simply a way to turn off the pipe that was leaking, you'd think that safety feature would be one of the first things they'd think of. I hope the new cap lasts as it's been going on for a long time now and is doing a great amount of damage to the environment. They must be working on another solution if this cap fails as well so hopefully the leak won't start again for any length of time.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Jul 10
It boggles my mind to think that BP (or any oil drillers) did not have safety features in place before they even STARTED drilling! They should have been prepared for any disaster. It's not like they could not have seen something like this happening before it did. There is no excuse for the magnitude of this disaster.
• United States
16 Jul 10
I hope it works, it's just so sad to see how messed up it is down there because of that oil spill, and it'll take forever for them to get it cleaned. I just hope people will be able to go back to their old jobs because they really need them with this economy and all. I just hope people will be able to get their lives back together and I hope that this plug is successful and that they will keep this from happening again in the near future.
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• Canada
16 Jul 10
I'll believe it's actually been stopped when the fix holds as ling as the spill lasted, and keeps holding.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
17 Jul 10
I was very hopeful when I heard about this latest attempt to stop the oil leak but as I listened to more of the news I learned that they are not really confident it will last. Being in Australia my day to day life is not effected at all by this mishap but it makes me so sad when never I see photos of animals covered in mud, it is a tough one to fathom because it was not just leaking but gushing out. To quote Michael Jackson “What have we done to the world...Look what we've done...”
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Well, it's day 3 of the newest cap and it's still holding. Still, everyone is holding their breath. They should have had plans in place to stop any kind of disaster that might happen even before they began drilling. This is inexcusable. I won't be buying any more gasoline from BP. I know that will hurt the franchise owners but I refuse to help support BP just to help these small business owners. They'll just have to find another job, just like so many others in this bad economy. I know that sounds harsh but I put myself in their place and I would be trying to sell my franchise or simply abandon it rather than to continue buying gas and oil from the mother company, BP. It would hurt me financially, sure, but I have my ethics and scruples.
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@gabs8513 (48821)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul 10
Well I really hope so as this has been some carry on I would like to know how it happened in the first Place
@AmbiePam (42010)
• United States
18 Jul 10
It has not changed the way I live, but the leak has changed the way I feel about drilling in certain places.
@MDG2211 (711)
• Argentina
18 Jul 10
It is an ecological disaster of big dimensions, it is not possible to deal since they were late so much in solving the problem, it goes actually it is a temporary arrangement that is not known till when it is going to last, England and USA 2 countries of the first world and that comment on these mistakes that commit an outrage against the planet, which the others still have.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
17 Jul 10
Hi MW~ Now this is a very sore topic for me since I am so disgusted with these azzholes from BP! I am so outraged by them being so slow and stupid and allowing so many people and animals to suffer for so long because they couldn't figure out a correct way to stop their damn crud from poisioning the water! I just don't hardly no what to say because I am so angry! Those people better pay big time, but meanwhile nothing will bring back all that was lost for the people and the animals affected by this disaster!
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
17 Jul 10
I haven't had to change the way I live but if that cap doesn't hold, it is just a matter of time before it changes for everyone. I hope and pray that it holds or between now and the time that it doesn't...I hope they figure something out. It's a horrible situation.
@zach123 (23)
• United States
17 Jul 10
The leak hasn't been complety stopped yet they are letting more oil through so it wont rupsher and little lcks spring up.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
16 Jul 10
Hey Marti, This leak is hopefully stopped for good. I wouldn't be surprised if the cap was available all along but Obama held them back from using it. Anyway, living in Florida our beaches have been affected and since I'm disable now with no money to go to the grocery store, I guess you could say that I'm not directly affected by it. But I must say, it is so very generous of you to be concerned about those who are affected. But again that doesn't surprise me about you. You really are a sweetheart!! Leenie