BP Resumes Effort to Plug Leak
After another unannounced suspension
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2010 6:12 PM CDT
Ships hold positions over the "top kill" operation in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.)

(Newser) – BP resumed its "top kill" operation late this afternoon after the second straight day of an unannounced suspension and mixed messages. They continue to say they will need 24 to 48 hours for a final verdict. Energy Secretary Steven Chu tells the Washington Post there's "some evidence" that the first so-called junk shots made progress.

Chu said officials were cautiously optimistic that "some of the junk took." BP shut down the operation overnight after failing to stop the oil flow, reports the New York Times. But that information didn't become public until this afternoon, despite another day of positive assessments on the morning talk shows. Says a spokesman: "The operation is by definition a series of phases of pumping mud and shooting bridging materials and junk and reading pressure gauges. It is going to keep going, perhaps 48 more hours.”

 

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