May 27, 2010 — The U.S. coastguard claims engineers have managed to use mud to stop the flow of oil from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first step in BP’s plan to seal the breach for good with cement. Live webcams still showed material jetting out from the well head – but BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said he believed mud, not oil, was now coming out of the ruptured pipe. Meanwhile the new study by U.S. Geological Survey revealed new results. Two teams using different methods determined the well is leaking at least 1.9 million liters a day. One team said it might be leaking as much as 3 million liters and another said that number might be closer to 3.8 million liters.
‘Top Kill’ LIVE feed: BP says oil spill stopped
Oil Spill LIVE feed: BP awaits ‘Top Kill’ results
May 27, 2010 — The oil company BP says it should become clear within hours whether its efforts to seal the leak in the Gulf of Mexico have been successful. Engineers are carring out so-called ‘top kill’ operation which is set to block a breached oil well with mud, which will eventually be topped with cement. The chances of the procedure working, are estimated at 60 to 70 per cent.
‘Top kill’ stops oil leak flow in Gulf of Mexico, US Admiral says
Thursday, May 27th, 2010 — 8:43 am
Admiral Thad Allen, head of the government’s effort to help staunch the oil leak that resulted after an offshore rig collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico, told reporters Thursday morning that BP’s latest effort to plug the leak has succeeded, according to the Chicago Tribune (and Los Angeles Times).
BP launches ‘top kill’ method to plug US oil leak
May 26, 2010 — After five weeks of failing to plug a well spewing oil in the Gulf of Mexico, British oil giant BP has launched its latest attempt, pumping mud to try to smother the gusher — the so-called “top kill” method.
The governor of the US state of Louisiana says more than 160km of the state’s fragile coastland has already been affected by the millions of litres of oil that have gushed out in the last five weeks.
Al Jazeera’s John Terrett reports from Venice, Louisiana. (May 27, 2010)