August 19th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Allen: 'Bottom kill' could be complete by week after Labor Day

If all goes as planned, the "bottom kill" operation to permanently plug the ruptured underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico should be complete by the week after Labor Day, Thad Allen, the government's point man for the oil disaster, told CNN Thursday.

In the last 48 hours, a sequence of actions has been agreed upon, Allen told CNN's "American Morning." Those include flushing out the current blowout preventer, looking for material that may cause a problem, then put a new blowout preventer on and conduct the "bottom kill" operation.

"This will ensure that we can withstand any pressures that may be generated," Allen said. "If all that lines up, we should be looking at the week after Labor Day."

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  1. John Signorelli

    CNN and others can refer to the text "Marine Environmental Pollution, 1 Hydrocarbons, (Elsevier Oceanography Series (Richard A. Geyer (editor), dated 1980 - Texas A&M University (Dept. of Oceanography). The text is excellent in summarizing studies of oil spills in the Gulf and elsewhere. Gives all facets of study, results and what tio expect.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. someone

    Black Planet – Oil Only Ocean – http://bit.ly/c8KIxJ

    August 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    Huzzah! mission accomplished!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      what SoloPower does with BP?

      August 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |