US: Relief-Well Kill of BP's Broken Well to Start Soon

Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

HOUSTON (Dow Jones Newswires), July 26, 2010

BP will reconnect a drilling ship with its relief well Monday, a signal that the company is about two weeks away from beginning the final kill of its broken well, the federal response commander said.

"We're not going to declare any victory on this until that well is killed," said Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said in a teleconference.

Over the weekend, a tropical storm disrupted the company's efforts to contain a massive spill, which began in April. The weather has calmed, and the company is moving forward with two plans to kill the well.

The first one, known as a "static kill," should start on Aug. 2, Allen said. In that procedure, the company will pump mud on top of the well. About five to seven days later, the company will begin finishing the well off by completing a relief well, Allen said.

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