- THEODORE, Ala. - The leader of the oil spill relief effort
says it's possible a well being drilled to contain the gusher in the Gulf
could be completed ahead of schedule. But a lot of things would have to
- National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Thursday
in Theodore that crews expect to reach the existing well and drill
into its outer casing in seven to 10 days. If the oil is coming up through
all the different rings of the well, then it will likely take until the
middle of August to stop the flow with mud and cement. If it's only coming
up the well's center pipe, it could be sooner.
- BP spokesman Scott Dean says late July has been suggested
as an ideal completion time, but a single major storm is enough to cause
delays. That's why the company is sticking with mid-August.