Static kill: BPs efforts to plug the leak seem to have worked, but it's still too early to declare victory, officials say.
Static kill, which began Tuesday, will attempt to force the oil back into its reservoir. But BP won't know if static kill worked – and the Gulf oil spill is over – until it finishes its relief well.
Signs of recovery from the Gulf oil spill are already appearing, but scientists caution that many unknowns exist – including the effect of millions of gallons of oil dispersants.
'Static kill,' similar to the previously attempted 'top kill' solution, involves pumping mud and cement into the leaking well, hopefully sealing it permanently.
Rep. Edward Markey says documents released by his office Saturday cast doubt on BP's assertion that it used 1.8 million gallons of the toxic and controversial oil dispersant, Corexit.
The Gulf oil spill drama is about to reach its climax: the killing of the Macondo well. But a setback Friday will delay the start of the operation until Tuesday – and shows that uncertainties still loom.
Since BP capped its ruptured well, the Gulf oil spill has shrunk dramatically. The Gulf itself is breaking down the oil at top speed, but past spills indicate the effects could linger for decades.
BP readies plans to permanently seal the ruptured well in the Gulf oil spill through two operations in the next two weeks – the initial ‘static kill’ followed by the final ‘bottom kill.’
Cleanup workers and drilling rigs returned to the site of the Gulf oil spill Monday after tropical storm Bonnie forced a four-day pause, delaying BP’s ‘static kill.’
Louisiana is moving ahead with its plan to build 40 miles of berms to protect its coastline from the Gulf oil spill. The problem is, it won't work and might make things worse, scientists say.