President Closely Monitoring Latest Bp Maneuvers In Gulf

07.16.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  President Obama is closely monitoring the latest BP efforts to curb the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP is performing a critical pressure test of its broken oil well in the Gulf.  Expressing very cautious optimism, Mr. Obama said government scientists are keeping a close eye on the tests.

The well was capped yesterday, stopping the flow of oil for now.  BP senior vice president Kent Wells said the pressure is building in the well, but so far there are no problems.  He added there's no evidence of any damage to the well since it was capped.

The President noted pressure is being closely watched to ensure oil doesn't start leaking from somewhere else.  He said the final solution will be the completion of relief wells, expected later this summer.  Mr. Obama said work on the relief wells is a little ahead of schedule.  

Even after the oil gusher is fully stopped, Mr. Obama warned about considerable work ahead to deal with the "environmental disaster and cleanup" in the Gulf.  He insisted that decisions will be based on science, "not based on PR; not based on politics."