BP VP says if 'static kill' shows well lacks integrity, BP would be in the position that it had always planned to be in, with the relief wells being the lone option to permanently end flow
BP's Senior Vice President Kent Wells Technical briefing, July 30, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. EDT:
WELLS: I wanted to stress the point on the pressure, because Admiral Allen is right. What we don't want to have is a dramatic change in the pressure. That might indicate there was a lack of integrity. But I wanted everyone to know, we do want to consistently bring that pressure down. In terms of – if we were to discover through this, if the pressure what we call flat-lined and indicated that we no longer had integrity, we would be in the position that we had always planned to be in with the relief wells, so nothing would change. Remember, we had never counted on the well having integrity until we completed the well integrity test [which has not been ended; testing of pressure, temperature, sonar ongoing]. We always had a plan with the relief well, in terms of how we would kill the well.