NEW ORLEANS (AP) --
BP says oil from its broken well has stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April.
The announcement Thursday came after company officials said all
valves had been shut on a new cap over the busted well in an
experiment to stop the spill.
If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn't crack and if the
relief wells being prepared are completed successfully, this could
be the beginning of the end for the spill. But that's a lot of ifs,
and no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond the moment.
The oil stopped flowing into the water at 3:25 p.m. EDT on
The crisis began when BP's deepwater rig exploded, killing 11
The cap is not a permanent fix. BP is drilling two relief wells
so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of
plugging it for good.