Update: Caution is Watchword…

“Caution” was the watchword Saturday for BP and federal officials searching for signs of leaks after a cap seemed finally to have stopped the flood of oil from a ruptured well that has poured crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. Caution in deciding that tests will continue for at least a…

Headlines from the Gulf Coast…

Gulf Oil Spill Stopped? Oil plugged, but for how long? – HuffingtonPost Widespread Oyster Deaths Found on Louisiana Reefs – AP Authority Overuse of Dispersants Debated – Times Picayune Giant Oil Skimmer – A Whale Deemed a Bust in Gulf of Mexico Spill – Times Picayune Oil Spill’s Threat to Fowl Not Always Obvious –…

BP Still Unsure What Pressure Readings Mean

British Petroleum is in the middle of a 48 hour window where the pressure readings on the new well-cap are being monitored round the clock. Still under 7000 PSI, two very divergent views on what could be happening below that cap are floating to the surface: Perspective 1: Roger N. Anderson, a professor of marine…

Update: Pressure inside the well at 6700 and rising says BP

Ed Note: Since that initial score, the well pressure has not gone above 7000 psi, though the scientists analyzing data say this might not be caused by leaks and could be a result of generalized pressure loss in the well…analysis will continue for the next 24 hours… From the Times Picayune: Pressure inside the blown…

Update: Oil Well is Closed, Integrity Test Begins

From the Times -Picayune: There was no oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon after BP crews managed to shut in the leaking Macondo well. The company is now conducting a “well integrity test” to determine if the well can remain closed until it can be permanently shut with cement next month. The test will last…