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BP Engineers Draw Up Plans for ‘Top Kill’

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BP Engineers Draw Up Plans for ‘Top Kill’

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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••• BP began its “top kill” procedure overnight to try to cap the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after previous efforts to stem the flow failed.

The process began around 02:00 pm CDT and was expected to continue, BP said.

A “top kill” procedure involves pumping mud and cement into the leaking well to stop the flow of oil.

Rear Admiral Mary Landry, the U.S. government’s on-scene coordinator, granted approval for BP to begin their attempt to cap the well, the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command said.
“This expedited step provides the final authorization necessary to begin the procedure.”

The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, engulfing it in fire and killing 11 workers. The rig sank two days later.

BP has estimated the amount of oil leaking into the gulf at 5000 barrels a day. Some independent experts have said that the amount could be as much as 10 times higher.
• Source(s): Associated Press
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