BP: TEMPORARY FIX HALTS OIL FLOW
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.
Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT.
It was a long-awaited milestone in one of the nation's worst environmental disasters. While not a permanent solution to plug the busted well, the success in capturing the oil spewing out was welcome news.
The crisis began when BP's deepwater rig exploded, killing 11 workers.
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.
KRATON ADDING 37 EMPLOYEES:
BELPRE - Kraton Polymers Thursday afternoon announced it was adding 37 employees at its Belpre plant because of the production of polyisoprene rubber.
Plant Manager Mark Gaddy said 12 employees would be in the office and the other 25 would be operators.
The announcement was made at a press conference this afternoon.
Kraton this year said it was investing $27 million into the plant for the production of polyisoprene rubber. Modifications and upgrades to the plant associated with the new line will start this year and should be completed by mid-2011.
A world leading manufacturer of engineered polymer, Kraton's Belpre plant employs about 500 employees and contractors and is the largest styrenic thermoplastic elastomer production facility in the world.
RED CROSS ASSISTING FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE:
The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross provided emergency shelter and clothing for the family of five whose house was destroyed in a Wednesday evening fire.
Chapter executive director Jo Seyler said the Red Cross is continuing to work with the Boyce family, which includes three children, ages 6 months to 4 years.
Information on donations, including clothing sizes, can be obtained by calling the chapter at (740) 373-0281.