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Oil well that ends well

Closing the BP oil leak was a tremendous feat of engineering

By Derek Brower   September 2010

The tactless remark made some weeks ago by former BP boss Tony Hayward that, given its size, the ocean would cope with the Gulf of Mexico oil slick, has turned out to be more or less correct. Predictions of devastation haven’t come true. Yes, the spill is the worst in the history of the US, in terms of the volume of oil that spewed into the sea. But no, the Gulf shoreline hasn’t turned into an oil-drenched mess of the kind we ignore in places like Nigeria. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recorded fewer than 4,000 bird deaths…

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