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top kill

n
(Mining & Quarrying) a procedure used by oil companies to attempt to plug a leaking well, by pumping heavy drilling fluids into the well before sealing it with concrete
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Mix knew that BP's internal estimates of the flow rate from the well were "well above" the numbers the company was citing publicly and the maximum 15,000 barrel-a-day limit for the Top Kill capping operation to be successful, prosecutors said.
On May 26, 2010, the day the top kill began, Mix estimated in a text to a supervisor that more than 630,000 gallons of oil per day were spilling -- three times BP's public estimate of 210,000 gallons and a rate far greater than what the company said top kill could handle.
At one point after the April 2010 spill, BP touted the chances of stopping the leak with a so-called top kill that pumped heavyweight drilling mud into the well.
Similar to the top kill, drilling mud was pumped into the well to drive hydrocarbons back into the reservoir.
81) BP next attempted to stop the leak through a top kill procedure by pumping drilling fluids into the broken riser pipe to stop the flow of oil and applying cement to seal the well.
Pimp BP's little port-a-potty mistake with the Top Kill Live Feed
The Deepwater Horizon spill was only about a month old-no spill-cam yet, no top kill or junk shot or umpteen other attempts to plug the cursed hole--when we saw a note from MoJo reporter Mac McClelland flicker across our tweet stream: "Has oil made landfall in Port Fourchon, LA?
Three months ago, before BP began the Top Kill process of using drilling mud to plug the leak, Chesapeake Specialty Products Inc.
Clean energy has the potential to put Ohioans back to work and to ensure that the phrase top kill is never again part of the American lexicon.
The idea is similar to the failed top kill plan that couldn't overcome the pressure of the geyser pushing up.
That system will pull oil and gas through the same equipment and channel it to the same service rig at the surface that was used for the top kill, BP said.
BP said that, as well as the failed top kill operation, it was continuing to drill two relief wells at around 13,000ft (3,962m) below the seabed in an attempt to cut off the flow of oil, but these are expected to take three months to complete.