BP’s ‘Static Kill’ Reaches ‘Significant Milestone’ in Sealing Gulf Well
August 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The static kill procedure went as planned yesterday, with BP engineers pumping drilling mud into the damaged well to permanently seal it. How did it go? So far, so good, says BP. Wednesday’s testing shows that the pressure on the well has subsided, and if all goes according to plan, BP will permanently seal the underwater well with cement in the days ahead, ending months of distress for Gulf residents in the midst of one of the worst oil spills in the history of the United States.
BP called the success of the static kill procedure, a “significant milestone” towards permanently sealing the once-gushing well, as America watched the disaster unfold on live video cameras.
According to the report by The New York Times, BP will continue to monitor the pressure in the well:
“The well is now being monitored, per the agreed procedure, to ensure it remains static,” BP said in a statement on Wednesday. “Further pumping of mud may or may not be required depending on results observed during monitoring.”
And more good news came today from Carol Browner, the White House energy advisor, with the announcement that the majority of the oil has dissipated from the Gulf waters.
“The vast majority of the oil has now been contained, it’s been skimmed, Mother Nature has done its part, it’s evaporated,” she said. “So I think we’re turning a corner here.”
It’s good news all the way around. Now, let’s hope the millions of gallons of chemical dispersants dumped in the Gulf of Mexico, don’t come back to bite us.