After months of a constant eruption from below the waters of the Gulf the steady stream of oil that has been a fixture down South has ceased. While it is amazing and wonderful that the leak was finally plugged up, a full-fledged celebration would seem in poor taste.
This spill, a spill that released hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, so say some estimates, has threatened the way of life for many living in the Gulf region. The effects of this spill are catastrophic and there is no way of knowing how long it will take for the area to recover from such devastation.
Yet officials still need to keep a close eye on the well and make sure that there are no ruptures in any other parts of the well. That could bring about a whole new explosion and more oil leakage.
The cap that has been placed over the well was hotly debated at first. Many were not sure if the cap was a good idea or if it would lead to excessive pressure causing for further explosions. But ultimately the cap is in place and the leak has ceased – for now. The next few days and weeks will show whether or not the leak is done for good.