BP's top kill method appears to be working (so far)

According to Coast Guard Lt. Commander Tony Russell, the flow of mud is stopping some of the oil and gas but has a ways to go before it proves successful. There is still some pressure, but it is apparently very low. Once the pressure goes down to zero, the engineers will come in and pump cement into the hole to kill the well.


The disclaimer underneath the oil-spill cam states that it's not a "reliable indicator of the overall progress," but it would appear that the populace is taking the visible changes as a sign that this might just actually work.

But no one should breathe a sigh of relief just yet. The outcome is still uncertain.

BP's top kill tactic to fill and essentially kill the Macondo well with drilling mud might just be working.

BP has kept its live spill cam up and running during the top kill process, switching between different camera angles to show progress. Liquid is still clearly coming out of the well, but it appears muddier than what was coming out before. Apparently, BP Chief Operating Office Doug Suttles confirmed during a teleconference that it is actually mud that's coming out of the cracked riser.

"The operation is proceeding as we planned it," said BP chief executive Tony Hayward on Wednesday evening, though it will still be 24 hours before BP knows if the well is truly dead.


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