Gulf Oil Kill

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Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:44pm

BP says it's in the final stages of permanently sealing the once-leaking Gulf oil well...

Gulf Coast -- BP is the final stages of permanently sealing the blown out well in the Gulf. With the Static Kill complete, engineers are working toward what they call a Bottom Kill: drilling into the bottom of the well and sealing it with mud and cement. BP is so confident, in fact, they are sending their Chief Operating Officer back to Houston.

The cement is in place and holding. The oil has been pushed back below the floor of the Gulf and now crews seem to have the upper hand on the spill.

Doug Suttles, BP’s Chief Operating Officer, says "static kill, the job went very well."

So well that after 109 days, Doug Suttles is leaving the Gulf to return to his office job, as BP's chief operating officer.

Mr. Suttles says "clearly we feel like its moving to a new phase because its been 3 weeks since we've seen oil flowing out into the sea."

A phase that began a few days ago with a show of force at the White House. Incident Commander Thad Allen announcing drilling mud was holding back the crude.

The directors of NOAA and the EPA using charts to show 75% of the oil in the Gulf is now gone.

Charter Boat Captain Mike Frenette says "I'm not buying it all because one thing I don't know where they are getting their math from."

But today, Suttles reinforced the idea that most of the crude has been cleaned-up.

Mr. Suttles says "we don't have oil out on the open water anymore, but we still have a lot of work around the shoreline."

Charter Captain Mike Frenette says BP needs to take a closer look.

Mr. Frenette says "I came through area two days ago there was probably 2 1/2 miles to 3 miles of oil that was on the surface."

But it's the oil they can't see that worries many along the Gulf Coast the most.

Mr. Frenette says "it's coming from below. They don't see it coming."

And the fear here is that the oil will keep coming for a long time.

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