August 3, 2010 7:32 PM

BP begins 'static kill' of Deepwater Horizon well

BP on Tuesday finally began slowly strangling its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, forcing the oil back down into the same formation from which it surged for 87 days, fouling the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4.9 million barrels of crude. The final kill process began at 3 p.m. CDT. There was no word on how long it would take.

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