BP says its so-called "static kill" procedure has worked, meaning it's now a step closer to permanently sealing the well in the Gulf of Mexico.
It comes more than three months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers, and triggering the United States' worst ever oil spill. In a statement, BP says it pumped mud into the well for 8 hours. Engineers will now monitor the situation in case more mud, or cement is needed. Hundreds of millions of liters of crude oil spewed into the Gulf before BP managed to seal the leak in mid-July with a tight-fitting containment cap.
|Video image captured August 3, 2010 from a BP live feed shows the containment |
capping stack on the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said it
started pumping drilling mud on Tuesday as part of the static kill operations
hoping to plug the blown-out oil well for good. (Xinhua/BP Live Feed)
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