BP, Feds “still not sure of the condition of the annulus at the bottom” (VIDEO)

Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, September 8, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. EDT:

Transcript Excerpts

Regarding the timeline, what they're going to do is, they're going to do some additional fishing – if you remember that term we used before – down into the well to try and see if they can understand more about the well and the pipe before they proceed with what they're going to propose to be a two-step process, and that's to put a small amount of cement into the annulus above where the cement is now in the pipe and then proceed with the intercept on the bottom.

So it'll be basically an upper and a lower annulus barrier created to actually kill the well.  And they're doing that to make sure that they can secure the annulus against pressure both ways, because we're still not sure of the condition of the annulus at the bottom.

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