July 15th, 2010
09:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: BP stops oil gusher in Gulf... for now

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

We’re following breaking news tonight in the Gulf, where the oil spill disaster has reached a critical moment. On Day 87, a stark and welcome image is the center of attention. For the first time, a huge underwater gusher isn’t visible. A critical test of BP’s ruptured well is underway, and all along the gulf people are holding their breath—hoping that the well holds.

Valves on the new containment cap are now closed. Pressure in the well will be reviewed every six hours, likely through Saturday afternoon.

BP officials are cautioning against any early celebrating. They stress that the new containment cap isn’t a permanent solution. But if the well holds, it will be a major step. We’ll show you exactly what is being done a mile beneath the water’s surface and what could happen if the well doesn’t hold up under pressure.

Even if not another drop of oil spills into the gulf, there’s still work to be done in containment and clean up. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the sand berms he’s fought so hard to build are working and the federal government should stand behind local efforts to build them. But a lot of marine experts are pointing to photographs that show the berms washing away. They say the berms aren’t going to hold and even if they don’t wash away–they might do more harm than good. We’ll have the latest developments in the debate.

Randi Kaye also has an update on a heartbreaking story she reported last night: a surge in homeless pets in the Gulf. With the local economy reeling from the spill, many people can no longer afford to care for their beloved animals. Cats, dogs and other pets are being left at shelters, and the shelters are running out of room. Some of you who watched last night’s report responded. We’ll tell you the latest tonight.

There’s also important news from Haiti about those logjams and delays at the port. For days we’ve been telling you how emergency equipment and vital supplies of food and medicine are being held in limbo for weeks, even months at a time as the humanitarian crisis in Haiti continues. Gary Tuchman has been working the story hard. He interviewed the director of customs yesterday. Tonight, we report a breakthrough at customs.

All that and more starting at 10 p.m. eastern. See you then!

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  1. randy j comeaux

    BP would love nothing better than to have the cap secure the well and do no further recovery of oil from the wellhead

    BP has not been able to recover 100% of the oil escaping from the wellhead

    Thus BP will only have to pay fines on the 25,000 barrels captured per day at the recovery vessel skimmer

    The oil which escaped into the ocean is a mysterious X factor that they cannot be fined for since the exact number cannot be determined

    If the well holds secure watch as BP pushes for the well to remain " CAPPED " until the relief wells can kill the well

    In the mean time watch as BP assets in the US are slowly sold off to other oil companies

    BP is getting ready to return to Europe if US sanctions prove to be more than its willing to pay

    This will leave many people along the gulf coast with nothing to make them financially whole again over the devestating effects they will suffer over the next 2 years as the oil spill is cleaned up

    July 16, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  2. Warren from London

    Tony Hayward should be awarded the Nobel prize for this. Without his incredible intelligence leading his dedicated group of engineers this well may never have been stopped. Once the relief wells are drilled, there's no reason for BP not to start pumping oil and making money off this baby.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:28 am |
  3. Lorri

    Happy Oil leak is tapped.

    We around the country in the construction field have been un-employed, starving, crying, have pts effects of no work no food, for what 3 years now.
    People have lost homes, companies, equipment, due to greedy politicians and bankers.

    Can CNN help us get a relief account set up, for restitution the Banks owe us for wrecking our lives and lively hood.

    Im sad about the oil and New Orleans, but we have been where you are for three years.

    I guess time for every contractor, right down to the Port-A-Potty owner to start yelling, because we see no end to this huge nightmare.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  4. Juan Carlos Gellert

    People who don´t know anything about oilfield engineering, should not be allowed to discuss technical issues, it is amazing the amount of garbage these people talk in national tv

    July 16, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  5. Tammy Shosey

    I hope this works. Don't have much faith right now, it took way too long for them to come up with this idea. I have no faith in our President at all. If you don't keep up the reporting you are doing, all will be lost for the people in the Gulf states. In my opinion our President is making it next to impossible for the people to know the truth. Take care A.C.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:49 am |
  6. Timothy lawrence Nix

    I am so glad the oil is not leaking tonight . thank god !!! But i think it would be a waste to plug the well off while we have it under control. wouldn't it be smarter to get oil as long as it is safely extracted.we have lost enough already.Dont seal up the well for good. It has enough potential to pay back some good to balance all the bad it has caused. Am i all alone on this idea?

    July 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  7. Alan

    Interesting that not one journalist has questioned the possibility that this well has discovered an enormous oil find right in our backyard. The pressures at the well head and flow rates re BOPD are some of the largest on the planet, yet no one questions this possibility?
    Someone in your operation should check this out.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  8. michelle

    Those berms are not working and that story is being widely
    reported. It is a good thing they finally stopped the oil from
    gushing now the clean up should move faster.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

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