HOUSTON – BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico is dead. The relief well that reached into the blowout annulus and the cement that followed has killed the well.
“We can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead,” said Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander. “Additional regulatory steps will be undertaken but we can now state, definitively, that the Macondo well poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico.”
Allen’s announcement came following completion of a pressure test to confirm the integrity of the cement plugs.
The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement will oversee the continuing decommissioning of the Macondo well and its associated relief wells.
Oversight of the well now transitions from the National Incident Command to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement under the process laid out in the National Response Framework.
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