The new target date to plug the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is this weekend. But there are already signs of progress in the cleanup of the spill that it caused.
The federal government has announced a major reopening of Gulf fisheries east of the Mississippi River, which means fishermen can return to the water.
However, with the oil disappearing, it also means the loss of jobs for thousands who have been helping in the cleanup efforts.
Meanwhile, the well on the ocean's floor which leaked more than 184 million gallons of oil, could be shut down by next week.
"We continue to make good progress towards both the static kill and the bottom relief well," said National Incident Commander Thad Allen. "We look to be laying the casing line into the relief well later on this evening and cementing that."
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. still believes the cleanup effort in the Gulf region will go on for years.
Bob Dudley, British Petroleum's next chief executive officer, was scheduled to be in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Friday to spell out his company's long-term plan for cleaning up the Gulf.