BP's oil well on the verge of being permanently sealed

by Shannon Lee
Five months after a BP oil well explosion caused 206 million gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP's Macondo oil well will be plugged for good.
A relief well that was drilled nearly 18,000 feet beneath the ocean floor broke through the Macondo well's shaft on Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington Post. Mud and cement will be pumped through the relief well to ensure that the damaged well shaft is completely sealed.
A temporary cap was placed on the well in mid-July to prevent further oil contamination, but the well is not considered dead until it is sealed off from the bottom, reports the Star Tribune.
BP issued a statement saying that they expect the well to be completely sealed by Saturday.

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