‘Static Kill’ Procedure Appears To Be Working To Seal Well
Posted on Aug 4, 2010 in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues
BP announced today that the procedure involving pumping heavy mud into its damaged oil well known as a ‘static kill’ appears to have been successful and that the company will be able to begin the process of permanently sealing the well with concrete in the coming days.
Following this, the company will begin work drilling two relief wells that, if successful, should manage to eliminate any threat of future leaks from the well in question.
The successful effort to bring the stricken well under control is certainly welcome news to residents of the affected area which, along with news that approximately three-quarters of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico has either been eliminated or diluted to a point of non-threat, are both indications that original predictions of the severity of the spill may have been overestimations.
The remaining oil in the Gulf (approximately 26% of the total spilled, or 53 million gallons) does, however, represent an amount nearly 5 times that of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and the long-term ramifications of the presence of the oil are likely not yet fully understood. Additionally, the impact of the interruption of operations of many local businesses will certainly be leaving many residents struggling to recover for months if not years.
If you believe that you or someone you know has been adversely affected by the Gulf Oil Spill, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 before accepting any sort of compensation from BP to make sure that your best interests are being kept in mind. For further information about the state of the Oil Spill and the steps being taken to begin the litigation process please visit: http://www.bloomlegal.com/Oil-Gas-Litigation/