CBS: If relief wells fail, “the well gushes until it runs dry”; BP becoming less optimistic

Are Deepwater Relief Wells a Guaranteed Fix?, CBS News, July 2, 2010:

BP leaders have showed supreme confidence in their relief wells. “I fully expect that the well itself will be shut off in August,” said Bob Dudley, BP’s point man on the spill.

But recently? More caution.

“The drilling of relief wells, there’s nothing guaranteed,” Dudley said.

And if this fix fails? One reported option is sub-sea pipes, to pump contained oil to a platform several miles away. The absolute worst-case scenario: the well gushes until it runs dry

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