Politics & Government

August 19, 2010 12:41 PM

'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.

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