BP’s Operation ‘Top-Kill’ Now Underway, as Nation Watches
May 26, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After spending most of the day examining data, in preparation for the “top-kill” procedure to plug the gushing underwater well, BP finally commenced with the effort. Starting around 2 p.m. EST, BP began injecting a thick, viscous fluid, referred to as mud into the leaking oil well. BP CEO Tony Hayward gives the procedure a 60 to 70 percent success rate.
According to CNN, which is showing the “top-kill” operation live, BP officials caution that it could take 10-hours up to two-days, until it’s known if the procedure was successful.
“If it’s successful, and there are no guarantees, it should greatly reduce or eliminate the flow of oil now streaming into the Gulf from the seafloor,” Obama said after discussing the top kill procedure with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
President Obama plans to visit the site of the oil spill disaster for a second time, on Friday.
The “top-kill” procedure has never been used underwater. If the flow of oil is stopped, BP would then seal off the leaky well with cement.
A live feed of the procedure is available here.