'The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder on the Gulf Oil Disaster: 'Let's learn from this one'

I've been speaking with "Vampire Diaries" star and passionate activist Ian Somerhalder all summer about the tragic Gulf oil disaster, so it was particularly appropriate that Zap2it was on location in Atlanta with "The Vampire Diaries" cast and crew when news broke that BP's initial cap test appeared successful.

Together, while Somerhalder was on a short break from filming, we read the Breaking News headline that no oil was leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20.

"I feel relieved," he said. "I've felt physically sick about this for months now, literally, so even just a small amount of relief is a powerful feeling."

He's only cautiously hopeful, though, as he explains that there's still a serious risk that the build-up of pressure under the oil cap will render it useless and cause another gush of oil into the ocean. Though initial tests have been successful, we won't know whether the cap is a solution for quite a while.

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