BP’s Gulf Well May Not Be Permanently Killed Until September

There’s a new Bloomberg article out there that reports that a team of federal scientists and BP engineers is looking at either attaching a pressure-control system to the top of the well or installing a new blowout preventer, an emergency device designed to stop the flow of oil and gas, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said today during a press conference.

The equipment is needed to control pressure that may be created when mud and cement are pumped from the bottom of the well for the final plug, Allen said. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is meeting today with the team to make a recommendation on how to proceed. Allen said he expects a decision “in the next day or two.”

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