Crews Prepare to Start Plugging Gulf Well

By: Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press
By: Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press

BP PLC Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that crews will likely start the so-called "static kill" attempt Tuesday, if tests Monday determine the well can withstand the mud.

There's no guarantee of success, and engineers still plan to follow it up days later with a similar procedure through relief wells they've been digging for months.

But the oil giant's engineers and petroleum experts say it's the clearest path yet to choke the blown-out well and make it even easier for the crews digging the relief well to ensure oil can never again erupt from the mile-deep well.

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