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BP to Pump Cement into Blown-out Gulf Oil Well

August 05, 2010
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According to the Associated Press, BP engineers planned to start shoving cement into the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well on Thursday, snaking it down to the sea floor through pipes to rest on mud already packed into the well. BP said it was finally able to force the oil back down to its underground reservoir with a slow torrent of heavy mud in an early step toward plugging the well up for good. The news came as a federal report indicated only about a quarter of the spilled oil remains in the Gulf and is degrading quickly, with the rest contained, cleaned up or otherwise gone. Despite the progress in the mud-pumping effort known as the "static kill," U.S. officials are not ready to declare victory over the stubborn spill yet. Federal officials also insist that BP crews must shove mud and cement into the reservoir feeding the well through the 18,000-foot relief well, which should be completed within weeks.

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