June 28th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

BP reports progress on relief well

One of two relief wells being dug in an attempt to kill the runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point within 20 feet of it horizontally, a BP executive said Monday.

The relief well has reached a depth of 16,770 feet, but engineers still plan to drill another 900 feet vertically before cutting in sideways, said Kent Wells, BP senior vice president of exploration and production.

"In the last 200 feet, we will angle the well in directly towards it," he said, adding that the operation is expected to occur in early August.

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  1. Will C

    CNN coverage of the oil spill is atrocious. They should be ashamed for just regurgitating whatever the coast guard and BP says. Do some damn journalism already!

    June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Troy

    The relief well drilling is explained in great detail on the BP website. There are three links on the home page directly under Recent Updates that provide a lot of the information everyone is wondering about.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LDopa

      Thank you, BP.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LDopa

    So, in other words, BP will pump in the mud from the bottom of the well, essentially injecting it in a backwards direction.

    Mud spelled backwards is “dum.”

    June 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Russ, CR, IOWA

    As much as I would like to accept the ranting of people with quick fixes, you need to understand the implications of those so called quick fixes. If a small nuclear explosive were to be used, you assume great enough heat in the immediate vicinity to melt the local rock and seal it. Mabe that would work, but the shockwaves may also break up rock outside of the zone you are referring and turn the area into a sieve. That would make problems worse.
    Drilling of two wells gives them a backup, i.e. if something goes wrong with the first they can utilize the second. Yes it could be used to reduce pressure even more, but things break. If their equipment breaks in the well, then the other is not far behind and continues on course.
    I am not a proponent of BP or the drilling of off shore wells, but I do understand that we have people on-site that have the expertise to correct the issue (the best that they can). Some have suggested the government take over. When was the last time the government built something without cost over-runs, schedule over-runs, arguements etc. on the scale of this problem. Yes they have some geologist on staff, some expertise in drilling, etc., but many of them do not have experience with latest technology.
    Let BP close up the well, Make BP pay for the mess. Have the government set up the proper over sight of future drilling. Proper; as in the right amount, but don't turn it into nuclear regulation (in some cases too much over sight).

    June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    If you are tired of BP Oil, then say it on a shirt. Action and money is what the Gulf needs to cleanup this mess. Talk is cheap. BUY A SHIRT and wear it proudly. All proceed go to the Surfrider Foundation.
    go to http://WWW.BPSHIRTS.COM and get your shirt today!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tonytiger

    the bp logo is apt. at the fringe, they're showing signs of going green, but at the very core, it's a white hot mess.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steven Brian

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread it around the world.

    June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. turd

    White people are disgusting. Your children are disgusting. Your ancestors were the filthiest people alive. And they had disgusting offspring like you. And you know your full of filth and pollution. That's why you have invented machines to clean up your disgusting way of life. Go eat a healthy rat I hope it chews your throat on its way down.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. turd

    Is it true that the average european family eats 10 full grown rats a day?

    June 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michele

    Okay, "turd", not quite sure what your deal is....maybe you should go talk to someone about your issues. Getting back to the oil "spill" (to put it mildly); I was speaking with a geologist the other day who informed me that a huge portion of oil deposits are traditionally found under large deposits of salt. If you've ever swam in the Gulf, you will notice it is quite salty. The floor of the Gulf has a HUGE concentration of salt in it and if we were to "nuke" or bomb the area; we run the risk of basically, breaking up the floor of the Gulf. Because of the high salt concentration, the ground is not very solid and could easily break up as others here have noted, thus allowing oil to just seep through the Gulf floor on it's own. That said, I still don't understand why we haven't been able to do a better job of containing the oil that has been spewing out devastating our beautiful waters, killing our precious animals and forever changing our way of life here on the Gulf. Why in the hell haven't we (and by "we" I mean our idiotic government) allowed other nations to help us. Seriously, is it just "our" water now too?! God help us....

    June 29, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rolf Adams, Queens, NY

    Livelihoods of people are affected. People are sickened by the smell of oil as well as the whole idea of what has and still is happening'. Our wildlife and food supply is affected. Metaphorically speaking, Mother Earth will "fight" back. With all the garbage being taken out and dumped, with oil gushing all over the place; the saturation point of all the pollution that the Earth can stand will end up killing us. Our worries and concerns will be what can we eat or drink? How can life go on? Worrying about whether or not the beach looks beautiful to visit will not be a concern at all. Well, we die only once.

    June 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mtabp

    Reading all of these comments posted makes me wonder if some of you believe in "FAITH"!! Some of them I wonder if you have a mind at all. Speaking of nuking it really makes me wonder what kind of person you are. Do you live in south Louisiana or on the gulf? Will you be directly affected by this? Some of them really ignorant. I personally maybe not be a pro at deepwater drilling, but there are some people who are. Leave it to them!!! We all need to take a minute and think about what we post on these websites. My husband works on one of the relief wells that some of you are complaining about! I know that I do not appreciate reading about relief well blow outs or the fact that you think what they are doing in not to YOUR standards. These men and women on these wells ar busting their tails and following orders as they should. Some of you may not like BP, but my children have a roof over their heads and food to eat because of them. Think about it planes have crashed, mines have collapsed. I can only imagine the loss. That does not mean we stop flying or mining! We can beat this and continue drilling in deepwater. I also want to thank the BP employee that has spoken out hopefully you have taught some of these people a little something! KEEP UP THE FAITH.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. gordon

    if they are 200ft amiss laterally. why are they drilling another 900 ft. deeper? to pop open another hole in the ocean floorin hopes of gleaning another spill. or tapping a new well for future use. meaning nothing to do with the clean-up.

    can someone help me understand this insane process? who in the hell is supervising this wacked drilling procedure?
    obviously the right crews are there with wrong management at the wrong time.


    July 1, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lynn Kristle

    August! We can't wait that long. BP had better take some action now and fix what they ruined.

    July 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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