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Gulf Crews Prepare to Permanently Seal Well

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Attorneys general representing Gulf Coast states are asking that a federal judge oversee BP's process for paying damages related to last year's massive oil spill.

BP Engineers are preparing to perform a "static kill" operation to permanently seal the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well, The Sun Herald reported today.

Engineers will shove mud and possibly cement into the well, making it easier to plug. After a few days, engineers will continue to plug the well by sending more mud and cement into the bottom of an underground reservoir and through a relief well.

In May, engineers attempted a similar process called top kill to choke the well with mud, but it failed because the mud wasn't able to contain the flow of oil. Engineers are optimistic that this attempt will have better results because oil is no longer flowing into the Gulf.

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