March 24, 2017

Latest Oil Spill Rundown

  • Despite initial reports the Macondo Well would be plugged for a maximum of 2 days, it has been plugged since July 15th – almost 3 weeks – because the pressure of the well never reached excessive pressure (7000 psi) that would require opening the vents on the cap to relieve the pressure.
  • The cap placed onto the well, designed by the Department of Energy, was pumped with heavy mud from vessels for 8 hours to secure the ruptured well, which is an operation known as “static kill.”
  • However, the two relief wells remain as the permanent solution, but the static kill will help the cap secure the oil pressure until the relief wells are complete.
  • The first relief well is currently scheduled to be ready mid-August, depending on weather conditions.

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