It's been 100 days since the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. And as time goes on crews are taking the necessary steps to permanently shut off the oil flow from the ruptured well.
Federal officials removed the plug that was popped on before Tropical Storm Bonnie swept through last week.
BP reports that the temporary cap that's covering the well has been holding firm and very little oil has been leaking into the Gulf waters. This cap was carefully fitted and placed on the well a couple of weeks ago after several failed attempts to stop the flow.
Retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says they are taking every precaution in an attempt to find a permanent fix. “We have always asked for a backup plan for the backup plan,” says Allen.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded back on April 20th and has since been called the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
With files from The Associated Press