BP, Transocean drilling relief well to kill gulf blowout

BP PLC started drilling a relief well as one of several options the company is pursuing to kill a deepwater blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and stop a widening crude oil leak that has caused international concern.Subsea options involve activating an apparently malfunctioning blowout preventer (BOP), installing a collection system to catch leaking oil, and injecting chemical dispersants onto the oil at the wellhead.Surface spill responses include controlled burns, dispersants, and skimmers and booms to keep the oil from reaching the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.Transocean Ltd.'s Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible, which drilled the runaway Macondo well, exploded and ...

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