“Bottom-Kill” - Final Step in Disabling BP Ruptured Well - Approved
Even though the “static-kill” oil spill procedure has proved successful, BP and the federal head of the oil spill response team aren’t taking any further chances. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has approved the BP request for a “bottom-kill” procedure through one of the relief wells.
The static-kill phase involved pumping mud and then cement into the top of the ruptured BP well. A “bottom-kill” procedure would require pumping mud and cement into the ruptured BP well through intersecting pipes connected to one of the relief wells. Since BP expects the first of the two wells to be complete by August 15 or August 16, the end is in sight for the final phase of permanently disabling the BP well that caused the world’s worst accidental oil spill.
Oil spill observers see the “kill” procedures and the relief well as realistic indicators that the ruptured well that resulted in an oil spill of almost 5 million barrels of oil is truly sealed. Allen in particular has stated that he wants to be able to assure the people of the United States that the BP oil spill is over, and no more oil is going to leak out of the ruptured BP well - ever.