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In gulf, crews begin 'static kill' attempt

In gulf, crews begin 'static kill' attempt 03 Aug 2010 BP began pumping [toxic] mud into the blown-out Macondo well Tuesday afternoon in a much-anticipated "static kill" procedure that could choke the well once and for all. After a roughly 24-hour delay to deal with last-minute leaks in equipment both at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and at the sea floor, BP engineers performed a diagnostic procedure called an injectivity test to see if they could push oil in the well back into its source rock. Satisfied with the result, they launched the static kill at 4 p.m. EDT. [Too bad BP doesn't begin a 'static kill' attempt on *themselves.*]