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On the Verge of Plugging Well Permanently, Another Delay in the Gulf

BP is about 30 to 50 feet away from being able to permanently plug the well that leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for more than three months, the Associated Press reports.

But an impending storm will delay the completion of a relief well, expected to permanently seal the Macondo well, a few more days.

According to AP:

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the oil spill, said the suspension could mean a delay of two or three days in completing the relief well, one of the last steps toward ending any threat from the well that spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil over three months before a temporary cap sealed it in mid-July.

Crews will pop in a temporary plug to protect what they’ve drilled so far, but they won’t send workers back to land. They have about 30 to 50 feet left to drill. No oil has spilled since the temporary cap was mounted on the broken well and closed in mid-July.

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