BP Begins 'Top Kill' Plan

They hope to plug well with mud and cement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2010 1:34 PM CDT
BP Begins 'Top Kill' Plan
An image from a live video feed of the blown-out well.   (AP Photo/BP.com)

The "top kill" is under way. BP has begun pumping heavy mud into the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to seal it. Cement will follow. The top kill has never before been tried a mile beneath the sea, and company officials say it could be a couple of days before they know whether it is working. BP's top executive has pegged the chance of success at 60% to 70%. (More British Petroleum stories.)

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