Breaking Report: “Top Kill” Effectively Plugged Oil Leak, Officials Say
Earlier today, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the “Top Kill” has been effective in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well. The “top kill” method was seen as the last, and best effort to stem the environmental disaster that has been ongoing for over a month.
Reporting from Houma, Louisiana for the Los Angeles Times, Jim Tankersley reports:
The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting.
Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.
Yesterday we reported that BP officials claimed that they would know within 24 hours if this was an effective effort. Engineers plan to begin pumping in cement and then will seal the well.
The live feed of the Top Kill efforts are below. Reports claim that the plume of matter coming featured in the leak is not escaping oil, but rather mud from the bottom of the ocean that is escaping as a result of the “top kill” drilling effort.
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