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Aug 4, 2010 11:27 AM by Melissa Canone

Oil Spill "Finally Close To Coming To An End"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is applauding headway
that has been made to stop the nation's worst oil spill, saying the
Gulf of Mexico operation is "finally close to coming to an end."
He said people's lives "have been turned upside down" as a
result of the April 20 BP oil spill, but said he was heartened by
indications the spill is, at last, being brought under control.
BP PLC earlier Wednesday reached what it called a significant
milestone when mud that was forced down the well held back the flow
of crude. That means the procedure known as a "static kill"
appears to be working, though crews now must decide whether to
follow up by pumping cement down the broken wellhead.

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