BP Prepares For Bottom Kill
Final phase of gulf well shutdown should start this week.
Crews are moving forward with the intricate process of drilling the last section of the primary relief well in the gulf.
"They will drill approximately 20 or 30 feet, they will withdraw the drill bit, they'll put a sensing wire down, ascertain how far they are away from the casing and then repeat the process," National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen explained Monday.
Right now the bit is less than a 100 feet from the point where it will intersect with the fractured rig.
Teams are working as quickly as possible, well aware the height of the hurricane season is just weeks away.
"There is a sense of urgency to complete the recovery and the clean up as fast as we can. Since we are very close to being able to control the spill at the source, our focus now has to be in the areas that are impacted ashore," Admiral Allen said.
The bottom kill could happen early next week, a final victory of sorts over the oil that leaked for more than three months.
Meanwhile, President Obama celebrated a very different gulf coast victory Monday.
With the New Orleans Saints at the White House, the focus shifted briefly from football to recovery along the coast.
"What is clear is that the battle to stop the oil from flowing into the gulf is just about over," Mr. Obama said. "With the ongoing reopening of gulf fisheries, we're excited fisherman can go back to work and american's can confidently and safely enjoy gulf seafood once again."
Hoping to score some points with those worried about the safety of that seafood, Saints players looked to hand-off some fresh gulf shrimp in the White House press room, a pitch that many along the Gulf Coast fear they will have to make for years to come.