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BP Declares Static Kill Cement Plug a Success

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BP says they were successful in placing a cement plug on the leaking Gulf oil well, the final step of their static kill procedure. Their next effort will be the construction of a relief well.

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The cement plug has held up to two days of pressure testing. The next step will be creating a relief well, due for completion by the end of this month. Then, BP executives say, the sealing effort can be considered a "full success."

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According to the company, the total cost of responding to the disaster is now above $6 billion. [NYT, ABC News via Gawker]

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So is the relief well truly necessary? Seems like they are just interested in harvesting oil once again.