Mark Seibel

'Bottom kill' of BP's Gulf well now put off till after Labor Day

A relief well that government officials say will finally finish off BP's Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico won't be completed until after Labor Day, weeks later than officials had been predicting. The delay is necessary in part because officials want to preserve the blowout preventer currently atop the BP well as possible evidence in federal investigations into what caused the well to explode on April 20. | 08/19/10 13:02:05 By - Mark Seibel

BP will try to cement Deepwater Horizon well today

BP said it would begin pouring cement into the Deepwater Horizon well today in a procedure that could lead to the permanent sealing of the well. National Incident Commander Thad Allen gave permission for the process after a day of monitoring the well indicated no problems from the successful "static kill" that used heavy drilling mud to drive the crude oil back into the rock formation from which it had surged 106 days earlier. | 08/04/10 20:48:46 By - Mark Seibel

BP well in Gulf killed with heavy mud in 8-hour operation

BP announced early Wednesday that a so-called "static kill" had succeeded in forcing the Deepwater Horizon well's oil back into rock formations 18,000 feet below the sea's surface. "The MC252 well appears to have reached a static condition," BP said in a news release, calling the well by the Mississippi Canyon lease number it was assigned when BP bought the rights to drill from the federal government in 2008. | 08/04/10 05:13:10 By - Mark Seibel

Next attempt to seal BP well in Gulf likely to begin Tuesday

Officials for BP have moved to Tuesday the likely start for their next effort to kill the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Friday that the delay by a day in the so-called "static kill" was necessary because debris was found at the bottom of a nearby relief well. | 07/30/10 17:27:17 By - Mark Seibel

Drilling rig heads back to BP well site after storm weakens

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Saturday that he expected the Development Driller III, the rig that's drilling the primary relief well for the leaking BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, to be back on site within 24 to 36 hours. | 07/24/10 13:24:59 By - Mark Seibel

BP told it can keep well sealed after scare over possible leaks

The Obama administration has authorized BP to keep its Deepwater Horizon well sealed, despite concerns Sunday that scientists have detected leaks of oil and methane gas near the well. In a statement released shortly before 7 a.m. today, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the decision was made after a conference call between BP and government scientists. | 07/19/10 09:53:51 By - Mark Seibel

Oil seep near BP well could mean trouble for relief well plans

Scientists monitoring BP's unstable Deepwater Horizon oil well have detected oil or natural gas seeping from the seafloor nearby and "undetermined anomalies" near the wellhead — signs that the well may have suffered damages that will complicate technicians' abilities to shut off the flow permanently. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen revealed the findings in a letter demanding that BP step up monitoring and prepare to reopen a containment cap that has sealed the well since Thursday. | 07/18/10 23:46:50 By - Mark Seibel

Is it almost over? BP will try to stop oil flow next week

In a dramatic turn of events, the Obama administration has given BP the go-ahead to remove the containment cap atop the runaway Deepwater Horizon oil well and replace it with a tighter fitting one in an attempt to stop all the oil now flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps as soon as the middle of next week. | 07/09/10 19:54:50 By - Mark Seibel

Thad Allen scoffs at idea that BP will finish relief well early

The Obama administration's point man on BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster on Thursday dumped cold water on suggestions that BP might be able to plug the well in time for its July 27 announcement of second quarter earnings. | 07/08/10 14:49:10 By - Mark Seibel

Oil containment effort facing 2 key moments

The battle to contain BP's massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is approaching two critical junctures in coming days that could affect how the months-long catastrophe ends. | 07/07/10 19:01:00 By - Mark Seibel

Effort to kill BP's runaway well enters crucial phase

Unlike the previous public drama, this act will unfold miles below the seabed, as drill technicians begin delicately maneuvering a relief well that they hope will pierce and cap the gushing oil well. At stake is whether the Gulf of Mexico gusher ends in mid-August or persists, perhaps for months. | 06/24/10 18:34:00 By - Mark Seibel

'Top hat' back in place at runaway BP well after mishap

BP provided only a scant explanation for the sudden decision Wednesday morning to remove the 'top hat' containment device from the Deepwater Horizon well. After 10 hours during which crude oil gushed unhindered into the Gulf of Mexico, the device was back in place, BP said. | 06/23/10 23:22:44 By - Mark Seibel

BP warns that its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP's latest plan to capture the oil gushing from the runaway Deepwater Horizon well poses significant safety risks for "several hundred people" working aboard the ships that will process the corralled crude, the oil giant has told the Coast Guard. | 06/14/10 19:15:00 By - Mark Seibel

BP warns of safety risks in more aggressive oil leak plan

BP's newest plan to capture oil gushing from the runaway Deepwater Horizon oil well poses significant safety risks for "several hundred people" working aboard the ships that will be assigned to process the corralled crude, the oil giant has told the Coast Guard. BP warned that conditions at the well site would be "significantly beyond both BP and industry practice." | 06/14/10 18:30:07 By - Mark Seibel

Coast Guard rejects BP oil leak plan as too little, too late

The Coast Guard has told oil giant BP that its proposed plan for containing the runaway Deepwater Horizon well does not take into account new higher estimates of how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and demanded that the company provide a more aggressive plan within 48 hours. | 06/12/10 12:55:10 By - Mark Seibel

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