| GEO Business|
| Hope for Gulf as BP plugs well, most of the oil gone|
| Updated at: 0305 PST, Thursday, August 05, 2010|
NEW ORLEANS: On a pivotal day for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, BP plugged its stricken well while officials announced Wednesday that most of the toxic crude has been cleaned up or dispersed through natural processes.
Though undoubtedly the best day since the disaster began more than 15 weeks ago, US officials cautioned that a great deal of clean-up work remained and that the long-term impact could be felt for years, even decades, to come.
BP's long-awaited "static kill" was conducted overnight as heavy drilling fluid was rammed into the busted Macondo well for eight hours, forcing the oil back down into the reservoir miles beneath the seabed.
We "have reached a static condition in the well that allows us to have high confidence that there will be no oil leaking into the environment," US spill response chief Thad Allen told reporters at a White House briefing.