The cap seems to be holding, but there is concern about a leak at the bottom of the ocean. That could do even more damage to the Gulf of Mexico.
The government is allowing BP to keep the cap shut on the condition engineers keep a close watch for leaks.
The cap has successfully held back the gushing oil for four days, but the federal point man for the spill is concerned an underground leak could make this disaster even worse and harder to fix.
The federal on-scene coordinator, Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says, “I believe Admiral Allen made perfectly clear what the requirements are and what he expects b-p to deliver.”
Over the weekend scientists detected some seepage and bubbles from a valve on the pipe prompting Admiral Allen to demand stepped-up monitoring of the situation.
If pressure on the damaged well becomes too much – he may insist BP open the cap and once again pump oil to the surface.
BP says it’s already spent nearly 4-billion dollars combating the oil spill. Some of that money is going into the pockets of clean up workers who are putting it back into the gulf economy.
Gulf tourism may be down, but sales are up about 25 percent at the Biloxi Harley Davidson dealership.
Sales manager Nick Conner is selling bikes to boat captains and younger clean up workers. They can rake-in 30-dollars an hour sifting sand, and some are racing to spend it.
At least for now the spill is revving up slice of the economy as some gulf residents live high on the hog.
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