Cement Being Pumped In For BP Oil Well "Static Kill"

By: AP
By: AP


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has started to pump cement down
the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing
it for good.

The company said Thursday it started to shove cement down the
well at 9:15 Central time from pipes attached to ships a mile
above.

Crews on Wednesday had forced down the oil in the well with mud
sent down from the pipes.

BP engineers had wrestled with whether to send cement down the
well immediately as part of the so-called "static kill" or wait
until an 18,000-foot relief well is finished this month.

Either way, federal officials said they planned to pump the mud
and cement down the well to forever suffocate the source of the
oil.

The company capped the leak July 15 in what was always
considered a temporary solution.


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