Jul 15, 2010 6:26 PM by Melissa Canone
United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today made the following statement upon learning that BP's new cap has stopped all oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Sen. Landrieu said:
"The reports that BP's new cap has stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf is the first piece of good news the Gulf Coast has received in three months. I am cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of the end of this terrible nightmare.
"Secretary Salazar, Secretary Chu, Admiral Allen and the rest of the Administration deserve credit for working alongside BP in the operations center to get us to this point and never giving up on finding a solution to stop this uncontrolled oil flow.
"Lots of testing remains to be done, and progress on the relief wells continues to be made. While the new cap has been successful in temporarily containing the gushing oil, the completion of the relief well is the permanent solution to plugging this rouge well.
"I will continue working with the Administration and my colleagues in the Senate to ensure the restoration of the Gulf Coast is a top priority of the federal government so that the recovery process can truly begin."
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