announced today that no new oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in the nearly three months since the Deepwater Horizon
exploded on April 20.
However, BP says the plug is only a temporary test of the well's structure and that it will reopen the leak within 48 hours to let ships on the surface continue collecting oil. BP doesn't expect to stop the flow permanently until it finishes building two relief valves in August.
Today's developments shouldn't take the public's attention off the disaster, says one Portlander
from a group headed to the Gulf
next month with plans to come back and develop school curricula on the spill, as well as a DVD and a comic book.
“In a way, going down there and saying that there's a major problem is more important than ever now,” says Shannon Wheeler, a syndicated cartoonist who is among the 30 Portlanders going to the Gulf Coast.
“There's a little bit of ‘the barn door closing after the horses have gone out' syndrome on this,” Wheeler says, “But it's definitely better than [the situation] now. We could've had horses through the next three months with hurricane season.”