Storms delay permanent plug operation for BP oil well

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August 10, 2010 21:30

 
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NEW ORLEANS — Approaching storms forced crews to suspend drilling the final stretch of a relief well aimed at shooting a permanent underground plug into BP's damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the government's point man for the disaster said Tuesday.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen 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 (757 million liters) of oil over three months before a temporary cap sealed it in mid-July.

Crews will pop in a temporary plug to keep what they've drilled so far safe, but they won't send workers back to land. They have about 30 feet (9 meters) left to drill. No oil has spilled since the temporary cap was mounted on top of the broken well and closed in mid-July.

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