Sep 15, 2010 12:06 PM by Melissa Canone
KENNER, La. (AP) - The U.S. government's point person on the
Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the well that blew out is expected to
be permanently sealed and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five
months after a rig explosion set off the disaster.
National Incident Commander Thad Allen told reporters gathered
at a seafood distributor in Kenner, La., on Wednesday that a relief
well is expected to intersect with the blown out well within 24
hours. He said mud and cement will then be pumped in, which is
expected to seal the blown-out well within four days.
Meanwhile, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration says monitoring of oil that remains in the Gulf
The April 20 explosion killed 11 workers and led to 206 million
gallons of oil spewing from BP's undersea well.