BP says killing well could happen soon
BP still expects to permanently shut the well as soon as Monday. "It is possible that as early as Monday or Tuesday this well might be killed," Robert Dudley, the company's new chief executive, said on National Public Radio. "There's no precision; there's nothing guaranteed. I'm hopeful, and I do believe we've seen the end of oil flowing into the gulf."
BP is planning two methods for sealing the well. The first, which could be executed Monday, is known as a static kill, in which mud, cement and other materials would be pumped in from the top of the well, forcing oil and gas down. Several days later, officials intend to execute the second tactic, in which mud and cement are injected from the bottom using a relief well. That bottom-kill effort could begin as early as Aug. 7.
Well that barge hit still gushing oil
NEW ORLEANS — Oil, natural gas and water were still spewing from an abandoned well hit by a barge on a Louisiana waterway near the Gulf of Mexico.
Coast Guard Capt. John Arenstam says a well company is working on a plan to shut down the well, which is north of Barataria Bay and has been leaking since early Tuesday. It's not clear how much oil has spewed from the damaged wellhead.
Spill heads down Kalamazoo River
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Michigan's governor on Wednesday sharply criticized attempts to contain a large oil spill making its way down the Kalamazoo River.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm called on the federal government for more help, saying resources being marshaled by the EPA and Enbridge Inc. are "wholly inadequate." Enbridge says it has been working to clean up the spill since its pipeline in southern Michigan on Monday leaked more than 800,000 gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which runs into the river.