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Relief well: delayed again

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Posted: Aug 10, 2010 11:42 AM by Breanna Biehl
Source: AP

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Topics: suspension, relief well, crews, drilling, gulf, oil, thad allen, plug, bp, gulf, tropical, storm, weather, ships, storms, blown out well, government

Storms threaten to pass directly over the blown-out well's site, and the government's point man says crews will suspend work on drilling a relief well, until the storm passes.

The suspension could delay completion of the relief well by two or three days.

Crews will install a temporary plug to keep what they've drilled so far safe. Workers will not head back to land, they'll stay on nearby ships while they wait.

Crews only have about 30 feet left to drill.

Finishing the relief well and sealing the broken one with mud and cement is the last step to completely fix the wellhead, that spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for over a hundred days.

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