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Final Seal of BP Oil Well Begins

posted Mar 26, 2011, 3:43 PM by Golden Knight

By Marc Magallanes


As the United States commemorates the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, workers in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend started on the final seal of the destructive BP oil well leak that caused the largest environmental disaster in the history of the United States.

                On Friday, Thad Allen, the federal spill response chief, stated that experts have created a way to install a locking sleeve atop the oil well that would protect it from great fluctuations in pressure. This new method will render the originally planned cement seal unnecessary. The sleeve will also allow the bottom kill procedure to be installed much earlier than the early October timeframe originally set. A spokesman for BP said late Friday that they will restart work on the bottom kill this weekend. A well used to pump cement and mud to the leaking oil well is fifty feet away from the planned point of the installation of the sleeve. It will take about four more days of drilling through rock to get to the leaking well. In addition, it will take several more days to fill the oil well with mud and cement and to take pressure readings to determine if the disastrous BP oil well is closed for good.