NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says Tuesday is when it will probably
start its so-called "static kill" attempt to plug the leaky oil
well in the Gulf of Mexico. It involves shoving mud and maybe
cement into the blown-out oil well to permanently choke off the
flow of oil. But first, tests will be conducted today to make sure
the well can withstand the mud.
Meanwhile, scientists say the "dead zone" area that
forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the largest
ever. The large area of low oxygen that chokes marine life comes in
addition to the massive BP oil spill. Researchers who measured this
year's dead zone couldn't say there is a connection to the spill.