"The task that's laid out before us is very clear right now," the man in charge of the federal Gulf of Mexico oil crisis response said Tuesday.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told a teleconference, "We have absolute priorities on killing the well, maintaining the recovery, making sure the oil is all removed and making sure the beaches are cleaned up and that the commitment by BP to the people is met."
Setbacks withstanding and weather permitting, crews in the Gulf of Mexico are back on track to permanently shut down BP's once-gushing wellhead in the next few weeks.
Allen reiterated Tuesday he expects the first step to begin Monday, August 2. The process, called a "static kill," involves pouring mud and cement into the well from above.