Static Kill Set For Tuesday

Monday, August 2, 2010 - 3:36pm

First of two operations designed to kill leaking well should begin tomorrow.

Within the next 24 hours engineers could begin the process to permanently seal the leaking oil well that has poured millions of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico.

Crews are moving forward with injectivity testing, using what engineers call "base oil" to see if they can push the crude back.

If it works teams will begin the static kill, slowly pumping thick drilling mud through the containment stack.

Even that won't be the end.

"When we're done, the static kill, we'll have some choices to make," explains BP's Kent Wells.

The most important choice: How to send in cement to permanently seal the well.

The primary relief well, long considered the ultimate fix, will be ready in just a couple of weeks.

Even when the cement flows and the oil does not, there will still be plenty of concern and work left.

With hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil still in the water, no one along the Gulf Coast is ready to let down their guard.

On Tuesday Louisiana parish leaders will meet with BP and the Coast Guard to discuss a long term commitment to the recovery effort.
 

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