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BP says it has finally killed its blown-out Gulf oil well

BP announced yesterday that its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has been permanently sealed, five months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing 11 workers and causing the largest oil spill in history. BP engineers have been drilling relief wells since May in an effort to kill the flow of oil at its source. The job involved drilling several thousands of feet below ground and intersecting the oil near the base of the damaged well with tons of mud and cement, a process that some scientists likened to capping a Coke bottle from 2 miles away. The oil ... Read More

BP may start permanently sealing oil well tomorrow

BP says that it has begun testing procedures for permanently plugging its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico today. The tests will determine whether the company can effectively inject heavy drilling mud into the blown-out well to create a seal that will stop the oil flow at its source. If the tests are successful, BP will begin the initial stages of plugging the well tomorrow. BP senior vice president Kent Wells said in a press conference that BP wasn’t anticipating a problem with the “injectivity” tests. The company’s “static kill” of the well, in which mud is forced into ... Read More