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Relief Wells, Mississippi Canyon 252 - Ending the Oil Leak

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When Deepwater Horizon sank, the collapsing rig cut a key pipe leading to the wellhead.  When the pipe was slashed, oil began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP, the company which leased Deepwater Horizon from Transocean, proposed a permanent plan to close the leak.  Two "relief wells" would be drilled - over a period of several months - to contain the spewing plume.

This graphic, from BP, illustrates the location of both relief wells.  The U.S. Coast Guard provides the following description:

Graphic depiction of BP's plan to drill two wells designed to intersect the original well bore above the oil reservoir and allow heavy fluid to be pumped into the well and stop the oil from flowing, May 5, 2010. The operation is in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill following the explosion, April 20, 2010. Graphic provided by BP.

Click on the image to greatly expand the view.

 


Media Credits

Diagram by BP, online courtesy U.S. Coast Guard - Image 10505-O-0000X-001

 

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