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15 July 2010, 2:22 PM
Cap contains the spill, but will it hold?

For nearly 90 days, oil from the BP spill has been plaguing the Gulf of Mexico. The oily wound left by an explosion that killed 11 rig workers on the Deepwater Horizon platform has now bled as much as 180 million gallons of crude oil into our waters.

It's almost hard to believe, but a few hours ago, the flow into the Gulf finally stopped. BP installed a 75-ton cap that—for the time being—is preventing any more crude from escaping. This is a hopeful sign, but given how much has gone wrong with previous efforts to stem the flow, we're clearly not out of the woods yet. Additionally, the cap, even if it holds, is only a temporary solution. Two relief wells, expected to be complete sometime in August, are the only method for plugging the spill for good.

The fact that oil has stopped leaking is nonetheless a significant and welcome development. We're hopeful that the cap will hold and that the ever-expanding spill has finally reached its maximum. But reports today that hundreds of oiled pelicans and terns have turned up in Louisiana's largest seabird nesting area are a sad reminder of the extensive damage already caused by the spill. Gulf residents, businesses, wildlife, and ecosystems will take a long time to recover from this tragedy, and they need our support in the process of rebuilding.
 

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this article really did help me. im writing a school paper on this horrific accident. Obama is doing the best he can, he has other things to work on too. he's only one person, he cant do too much at once...gawdsh u be the precident one day and take on the responsibilties and you'll see how hard is it. hhha...ungreatful jerks. sesli sohbet

I am amazed how many people stick up for Obama. I agree with Double S. I don't know how Obama made it into office. Shows how far down this country has gone. It's also sad to see how horrible some peoples grammar is. As I was reading the comments I didn't know if a bunch of 3rd graders were writing them or if they were just drunk. Especially the kid writing the paper. Precident???? Seriously dude? What is this country coming to...

Ok, Im the kid writing the paper...sorry I didn't spell PRESIDENT right, I did not proof read what I had typed. You're really stooping down that low? It is pretty clear to me that you are Caucasian, so im going to let you in on my ideas/thoughts.Your question was, "what is this world comming to?", I can help you with that answer, an END, thats what it's comming to. You want to know why? Well I will tell you, it's because of people like you who thinks that Caucasian people should rule. well, let me tell you Mister, Obama is going to be the president of The United States of America wheather you like it or not. As far as you not liking him being the president, if you hate it so bad, why don't you move out of The United States of America? pretty sure we won't miss you.

I don't understand some of the people on this planet, What could the President do about an oil spill???? He's done his d_ _ _ best, dealing with the sh_ tty economy they left him with. The War in Afghanistan, the bull sh_ t situation in Iraq, the garbage-policies in Isreal, the overwelming debt we owe to China, the people and goverments in the new so called "European Union"!!!!, and of course, the never ending racial story here in America, and don't forget, For crying out loud!, he's under the most pressure of all presidents because he's an African American........ so every singal little thing he says and does and don't say and don't do is under the microscope like bug on a pin, no one is satisfy, People complaint; complaint and complaint give me a break.....

double s you are joke people are stupid to hate obama

this article really did help me. im writing a school paper on this horrific accident. Obama is doing the best he can, he has other things to work on too. he's only one person, he cant do too much at once...gawdsh u be the precident one day and take on the responsibilties and you'll see how hard is it. hhha...ungreatful jerks.

Okay, BP spilled 180 million gallons of oil into the gulf, lets let them do again, not just one more time but two more times!!!! Yeah, that sounds like a good idea, dahhhh, what a bunch of lame wipes, oh thats right, they're men.

Obama is a damn joke... and he knows it.

I thoroghly agree...Obama is a joke and more than that he is a fool. And by the way he is under the microscope not because he is black but because he is the leader of this country...America. He has made many statements that have made people question his leadership qualities.

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