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US President Barack Obama, says efforts to engage in the procedure "static kill" on the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, appears to be successful.
Obama, notes that people's lives "have been turned upside down," and declared the operation was "finally close to coming to an end." But the containment effort isn't over. BP is claiming a key victory in the effort to plug its blown-out well.
Early Wednesday, BP reached what it called a significant milestone when mud forced down the well held back the flow of crude.
That means the procedure "static kill" appears to be working. Crews must now decide whether to follow up by pumping cement down the broken wellhead.