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BP resumes work on relief well after storm

08-13-2010 08:34 BJT

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Energy giant BP has resumed work on a relief well designed to permanently seal its ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company suspended drilling on Tuesday after forecasters warned a low-pressure system off the southwestern coast of Florida was moving towards the gulf. Officials on Thursday said they were conducting tests to determine if further work to seal the well is needed.

A final decision is expected Friday on whether crews need to go ahead with drilling relief wells to allow for a so-called "bottom kill", in which mud and cement are pumped from deep underground to seal the well.

This still image from a live BP video feed shows a view of the MC252 well where there is currently no oil flowing into the Gulf. BP's catastrophic well may already be permanently sealed and no further cementing necessary through a relief well, US spill chief Thad Allen said Thursday.(AFP/BP)
This still image from a live BP video feed shows a view of 
the MC252 well where there is currently no oil flowing into 
the Gulf. BP's catastrophic well may already be permanently 
sealed and no further cementing necessary through a relief 
well, US spill chief Thad Allen said Thursday.(AFP/BP)

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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