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In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 15:47 p.m. CDT, a remotely operated vehicle maneuvers around the containment stack at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, July 19, 2010. Oil and gas are leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave the cork in place for now. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Monday afternoon that the leaks are so far not a major concern. (AP Photo/BP PLC)

As others see it: Oil flow stoppage is just first step

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After spewing oil for 87 days into the Gulf of Mexico, the runaway oil well was finally brought under control as BP engineers closed all the valves on the new cap installed this week.

It is really the first major positive development to occur in nearly three months, which has been a long time coming.

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