Unconfirmed: BP Oil Leak Said to be Temporarily Stopped

by on May 27, 2010 · 2 comments

in Energy, Environment

By Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times/ May 27, 2010

Reporting from Houma, La. —

Engineers have at least temporarily stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government’s top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

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. The top kill effort is not complete, officials caution.

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.

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annagrace May 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Second City does a great send-up of BP. Yes brown is the new green….



Editordude May 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

The unconfirmed report via the LA Times was premature, unfortunately.


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