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Gulf oil relief well ahead of schedule

4 years ago June 17, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 Thursday, June 17 2010 Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:05:30 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

A rig drilling a relief well meant to help stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Adm. Thad Allen says the drill is 10,000 feet below the seabed.  It could come within ten feet of the ruptured well within the next few weeks.  Then, the drill bit will go about 1,000 feet down and intersect with the damaged well underground.  BP will then attempt to pump heavy mud into the relief well to try and stop the leak.

The relief well was originally slated for completion in mid-August.

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