Top Kill ContinuedMay 28, 2010 - 7:07 PM | by: Maggie Kerkman
Tonight we received new details on how the “top kill” procedure is working. That’s the effort to plug the well in the Gulf oil spill by filling it with drilling mud. There have been stories flying around all day—‘They’re doing “top kill;” They’ve stopped; They’re doing it again.’ Tonight BP COO Doug Suttles explained that the company’s engineers will pump mud for a period of time, then analyze results. They’ll also inject –“junk shot” — rubber, metal and other debris along with the mud in an attempt to further slow down the flow of oil into the Gulf. Starting, stopping and starting again, Suttles says, is nothing unusual. They hope to eventually cap the mud and junk with cement.
So how’s it going? BP will only say that the process continues and that it will continue over the next 24-48 hours. The company made similar statements in recent days. Suttles explains this by saying the process is slow going—they don’t want to rush it—and that they will continue “top kill” as long as they think it has a possibility of working.