Cement flows for permanent plug of BP's Gulf well

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Posted: Sep 18, 2010 9:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: cement, plug, BP, oil, spill, well, Gulf of Mexico

Crews are pumping cement into BP's blown-out oil well thousands of feet below the sea bottom, working to permanently seal the runaway well.

Engineers initially had planned to pump in mud before the cement, but a BP spokesman said that would not be necessary. There was no pressure building inside the well, so the mud wasn't needed.

BP expects that the well will be completely sealed - and declared permanently dead - sometime Saturday.

The catastrophe began April 20, when an explosion killed 11 workers, sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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