New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) — BP began pouring cement into its undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 a.m. as part of the “static kill” procedure to permanently seal it, the company said Thursday.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the response to the spill, gave his approval to the process Wednesday.
BP said “the aim of the procedure is to assist with the strategy to kill and isolate the well,” and the complementary relief well operation — which is designed to seal off the well from the bottom — is ongoing.
Meanwhile, some residents along the Gulf coast expressed guarded optimism Thursday about BP’s efforts and the government reports that about 74 percent of the oil spilled into the Gulf since April has been cleaned up.
“We’re cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of the end,” Deano Bonano, the director of Homeland Security for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, told CNN’s “American Morning.” But he added a note of skepticism, saying it’s “certainly not the end.”
BP Gets Go-ahead to Force Cement Down Oil Well – Associated Press The federal official in charge of the Gulf oil spill says he has approved BP’s plan to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good. (Aug. 5)