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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

Oil spill estimates soar as top-kill procedure shows signs of success

Ever since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists from both the public and private sectors have offered estimates on how much oil was gushing from BP’s runaway well. New estimates announced by U.S. Geological Survey Dr. Marcia McNutt yesterday place the total amount of oil spilled to date between 17 and 39 million gallons, which means that BP’s original estimates were grossly understated. It also means that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has dwarfed the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in size to become the worst spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history. Calculating ... Read More