BP Readies the Final ‘Kill’
Posted on Aug 6, 2010
Someone should tell BP that the whole kill-speak approach does not bode well when you’re actually killing wildlife and industry in the Gulf. But nonetheless, BP says the mud and cement pumped into the blown-out oil well, termed a “static kill,” are holding and that it is preparing to seal the deal with a “bottom kill” later this month. —JCL
BP said the cement seal on its crippled Gulf of Mexico oil well was holding on Friday, as the company readied a final push to permanently shut down the deepwater source of the world’s worst offshore spill.
More than 100 days after the start of the catastrophic spill that ravaged ecologically sensitive wetlands and lucrative coastal economies in the U.S. Gulf, BP said no oil was leaking from the undersea Macondo well and no “recoverable oil” was left on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
BP finished pumping cement into the ruptured well on Thursday after injections of heavy drilling mud earlier this week subdued the upward pressure of oil and gas. The wellhead was provisionally capped in mid-July.
SpillCam / globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam
A screen grab taken Friday shows no oil leaking from the wellhead on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.