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August 4, 2010

BP claims 'static kill' has worked on Gulf oil well

After pumping heavy drilling mud for eight hours, BP early Wednesday pronounced it had finally brought its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico under control. The company and the Obama administration cautioned it would take another step — completion of a relief well later this month — to officially pronounce the monstrous gusher dead, but the apparently successful "hydrostatic kill" operation drove one huge nail in the coffin.

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