19 July 2010
UPDATE: 2102 CDT [0202 19 july 2010 UTC/GMI]sunday 18 july 2010:
UPDATED at 2:45 p.m.CDT [1945 GMT/UTC]:
BP says new cap on well fully closed, no oil going into Gulf
ASSOCIATED PRESS • July 15, 2010
NEW ORLEANS —BP says oil from its broken well has stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April.
The announcement Thursday came after company officials said all valves had been shut on a new cap over the busted well in an experiment to stop the spill.
Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT. [1925 GMT/UTC]
It was a long-awaited milestone in one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. While not a permanent solution to plug the busted well, the success in capturing the oil spewing out was welcome news.
The crisis began when BP’s deepwater rig exploded, killing 11 workers.
The cap is not a permanent fix. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good. ~ view original
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Setback Delays ‘Top Kill’ Effort to Seal Leaking Oil Well in Gulf
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, JOHN M. BRODER and LIZ ROBBINS
Published: May 27, 2010
HOUSTON — BP had to halt its ambitious effort to plug its stricken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday afternoon when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid they were injecting into the well was escaping along with the leaking crude oil.
A technician at the BP command center said that pumping of the fluid had to be stopped temporarily while engineers were revising their plans, and that the company hoped to resume pumping by midnight, if federal officials approved. ~ read more