March 24, 2017

Relief Well Completed

One day shy of 5 months since the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, pressurized tests have confirmed the completion of the relief well for the once-spewing Macondo Well. Coast Guard point man Thad Allen announced today that the well is “effectively dead.” The interception of the well occurred at a depth of 17,977 feet, or 3.4 miles, where cement was then pumped into the well to serve as a permanent plug.

Meanwhile, the assessment of the spill’s damage is an ongoing process. Samantha Joye is an independent researcher from the University of Georgia who recently found a valley 16 miles away from the well-head that had a layer of oil over 3 centimeters thick on the ocean floor – the attached picture.

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