"Top Kill" fails - Macleans.ca

“Top Kill” fails

BP officials looking for new ways to cap underwater well


With “Top Kill” officially deemed a failure, BP officials are looking for new ways to stop the 42-day-old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP Managing Director Robert Dudley says the company will now try to cap what it calls the “lower marine riser package,” which would allow it to collect much of the oil that’s currently spilling out from the well. If that doesn’t work, though, the oil may well keep gushing until August, when a relief well is expected to be up-and-running. “If we can contain the flow of the well between now and August and keep it out of the ocean, that’s also a good outcome as well,” Dudley said. “And then, if we can shut it off completely with a relief well, that’s not a bad outcome compared to where we are today.”


Filed under: