Gulf Oil Kill Latest

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 9:58am

Operation Static Kill is now underway in the Gulf.

On the deck of the Q4000 engineers watch gauges...monitoring as the thick drilling mud is pumped one mile below into the blow out preventer and down through the leaking well.

Well-site Leader Bobby Bolton said, "From what we're seeing so far, so far everything's good.”

Good, and then finally static, when pressure leveled off as the heavy mud pushed the oil back into its underground reservoir…exactly what they hoped to see happen.

BP Senior VP Kent Wells said, ”They'll be just...very systematically walking through the kill process in order to get it to a static condition."

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said, "This is a really positive step forward, it's gonna be good news in a time where there hasn't been a lot of good news, but I don't think it's a cause for premature celebration, I think there's a lot of hard work to do."

That work, Allen insists, includes also killing the well through the bottom and a relief well…no matter how well static kill appears to seal the leak.

"There should be no ambiguity about that, I'm the National Incident Commander and this is how this will be handled," said Allen.

Drilling on relief wells could resume this week if the static kill continues to progress as planned.

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