After 87 days BP has finally managed to stop the oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon well. So many other things that were supposed to do this have failed so miserably that I think it’s a good idea to wait until the weekend is over to accept this. You don’t want to think this is over and wake up Saturday morning with the Spillcam back in action. I think the official term for it is cautiously optimistic.
Hopefully that part of the drama is over and we can move on to figure out how many gallons actually leaked, how long will the cleanup take, what’s going to happen when a hurricane comes, will all the dispersant turn our hair green, when can the fisherman go back to work, how to pretend that BP had the only blowout preventer in the world that doesn’t work because we can’t stop drilling for even a day to check things out, and there’s the issue of wildlife to deal with too. We also have to spend some time trying to figure out how the state is so broke despite having a natural resource that is so vital to the country that we put the entire coast in jeopardy just to get it. We have so many wonderful things to deal with if this cap works and leaking is over. Keep your fingers crossed until Monday.