BP's "Top Kill" Maneuver To Try And Stop Oil Spill Is Underway

BP says it is trying to seal the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico by pumping heavy mud into it.

BP said in a news release Wednesday that the "top kill" maneuver has started. The top kill has never before been tried a mile beneath the sea, and company officials say it could be a couple of days before they know whether it is working.

Engineers hope to pump enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of the well. Engineers plan to follow up the mud with cement that the company hopes will permanently seal the well.

BP's top executive has pegged the top kill's chance of success at 60 to 70 percent.

Millions of gallons of oil has spewed into the ocean since an April 20 rig explosion.


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  • by tug Location: New Bern on May 26, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    local...Do you have a better idea? The "mud" is not mud. It is a heavy chemical that has been liquified for pumping into wells. Its called mud because thats what it looks like. This is a common procedure for capping wells on land. This will be the first time using it at this depth which has problems of its own.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 26, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    They already "top killed" eleven people. How about they stop the oil.
  • by local Location: jville on May 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    This mud pile with a cement coating reminds me of another failed attempt! BP gives more priority to raising there product prices then saving the gulf!
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