August 5th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Cautious optimism as BP looks to next phase of 'static kill'

Some residents along the Gulf coast are expressing guarded optimism Thursday as BP plans to start pouring cement into its crippled well and the government reports that about 74 percent of the oil spilled into the Gulf since April has been cleaned up.

"We're cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of the end," Deano Bonano, the director of Homeland Security for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, told CNN's "American Morning." But he added a note of skepticism, saying it's "certainly not the end."

There are still several steps to go to permanently kill the well. The cementing set to begin Thursday will be the next phase of the "static kill," a process designed to drive oil back into the well reservoir. In the first phase of that procedure Tuesday, BP sent 2,300 barrels of heavy drilling mud down the well.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    DON'T FORGET, THAT, THIS DISASTER; WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED NEARLY ENTIRELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    it's strange that, the Press, STILL don't talk about it !!!
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    August 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Boyle

      I have read previously here from Scientists that on a good day you can only get 15% back from recovery efforts.
      This report of 70% from the Politicians is suspect at best...

      August 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      I will cut off your own testicles if you don't STFU newb.

      August 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean Marshall

    For all of you that just watched Don Lemmons interview with his fellow CNN reporter that claimed that only 25% of the oil remains in the gulf coast this is classic quibbling (presenting partial facts so as to misrepresent the truth) because some of CNN biggest clients are the oil companies and their subsidiaries and I'm sure they are threatening to pull their advertising dollars (which would amount to hundreds of billions at a minimum) if the network doesen't start misrepresenting th truth in favor of big oil. The facts are 25% have been picked up, 25% have disapated into the water column and 50% are sitting on the bottom, in the reefs or on the shore. The reporter Don was talking to, actually had the nerve to claim to 'we the people' that "sunlight disolves oil and salt walter acts as a corrosive and dissolves oil." Well we all have to change our oil at home from our cars dont we? Of course we are required to turn it in because it is a contaminate to soil and water. It DOES NOT BREAK DOWN in sunlight. But according to BP and CNN now all of a sudden it does so why don't we have our kids try a little science experiment as a school project based on this new information given to us by CNN and BP. Take some oil in a couple of containers, put one in sunlight for three months and mix the other with salt water and leave it in sunlight for three months and lets all see if the oil disapears

    August 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |