“TOP KILL” Procedure May Have Succeeded In Stopping BP AMOCO Underwater Oil Well Leak

May 27, 2010

Photo of underwater BP oil leak

Source: LATimes.com

Early report on success of “top kill” procedure to stop the BP AMOCO underwater oil leak:

Engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government’s top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting.

Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.

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