HOUSTON (AP) - BP says the rig drilling the relief well that's
the best hope of stopping the Gulf oil spill has made it within
about 20 feet horizontally of the blown-out well that's gushing
BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that the rig is
going to drill an additional 900 feet down before crews cut in
sideways and start pumping in heavy mud to try to stop the flow
from the damaged well. It's currently about 16,770 feet down.
Wells says BP is moving extremely cautiously to make sure
everything is lined up correctly and the relief well is still on
target to be finished by early August. A second well is being
drilled as a backup.
Wells says the company has a high degree of confidence in the