The oil spill disaster has reached a significant milestone 107 days after it started. After completing the static kill of the Gulf oil well overnight, British Petroleum officials announced Wednesday the well appears to be "static condition."
For several hours Tuesday workers pumped in heavy mud, pushing the oil back down the pipe. Now crews are monitoring the well in order to ensure its stability
"Further pumping of mud may or may not be required depending on results observed during monitoring," BP said in a statement Wednesday.
"It's a milestone," BP PLC spokeswoman Sheila Williams said. "It's a step toward the killing of the well."
For first time, engineers have hope they may have permanently choked the well. But there is still a lot of work to be done following the 5 million barrels of oil that spilled.
Engineers must now get to work on the second part of the permanent solution, known as the "bottom kill."
"It's going to be good news in a time where there hasn't been a lot of good news," retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said. "But I don't think it should be cause for premature celebration."
"This is going to go well into the fall," he added. "And I think we need to be in a position to respond probably through the end of the hurricane season."
Wednesday morning's edition of The New York Times also reports federal scientists will say 75 percent of that oil has evaporated, dispersed or been captured -- and what's left presents little additional risk.
Local fishermen are still skeptical.