White House Cheers Developments In Gulf

08.04.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  The White House is cheering developments in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP cites ongoing success in efforts to plug the once-gushing oil well.  NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said most of the oil from the spill has been mopped up or dispersed and what remains isn't considered a serious threat.

In a White House briefing, presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs called it the "beginning of the end" of a long process and noted that cleanup and damage assessment efforts are continuing.  The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April, producing an oil gusher that shot up to five million barrels of oil into the Gulf over nearly three months.

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander, cited ongoing success in BP's "static kill" procedure.  BP says the once-gushing well is now being controlled by the pressure of the heavy drilling mud that was pumped in to plug the blown-out well.  The next step will be to finish drilling a relief well and do what's called a "bottom kill" to make sure the leaking well is permanently sealed.