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Bad Weather Halts BP Well Kill

September 01, 2010
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MarketWatch reports, rough seas are delaying efforts to permanently kill the source of the Gulf oil spill. With Hurricane Earl raging far away off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, plenty of rough weather from other atmospheric disturbances is still hammering the Gulf. Ret. Adm. Thad Allen, the lead U.S. government official overseeing the Deepwater Horizon effort by BP said six- to eight-foot waves have hindered the next steps to move ahead with a series of maneuvers to permanently plug up the Macondo well more than a mile below the surface of the ocean. Under plans OK''d by the government, BP hopes to remove capping stacks and blow-out preventers on top of the well that have been keeping oil in check since July 15. A concrete seal below those structures has been put into place, as well. BP still must plug up the well from the bottom in an operation known as a static kill. Engineers will then fix a new blowout preventer to the top of the well. The new apparatus is better designed to withstand the pressure expected when BP drills into the old well and punctures the steel casing lining the well near the bottom. BP will then pump cement into the bottom of the well to seal it closer to the oil and gas reservoir that it tapped into.
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