BP Done Pumping Cement Into WellAugust 6, 2010
Posted on New York Times by Clifford Krauss:
HOUSTON â€” For more than three months, an oil-weary nation has waited for the moment when engineers would begin pumping cement into BPâ€™s runaway well, in hopes of plugging its flow for good.
That moment arrived quietly on Thursday, with cement following the tons of mud already poured into the well in the operation called a static kill. Because no significant amount of oil has leaked since the well was tightly capped on July 15, the start of the cementing was almost anticlimactic. BP did not even hold its regular daily briefing, saying that Kent Wells, the senior vice president who usually explains the technical details to reporters, was traveling. When the cement operation was completed in the afternoon, the company put out a brief announcement.
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