By HENRY FOUNTAIN
"Crews drilling a relief well have succeeded in intercepting BP’s stricken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP said on Friday, and the company will now go ahead with plans to place a final cement seal in the once-leaking well.
The company said in a statement that the relief well intercepted the stricken well’s annulus — the space between the well’s metal casing and the surrounding rock — nearly 13,000 feet below the seabed at 4:30 p.m. Central time on Thursday.
BP said that tests showed there was no cement or oil and gas in the annulus at the interception point, so there was no need to pump heavy drilling mud into the annulus through the relief well, a procedure known as a bottom kill. Instead, crews will pump only cement into the annulus, forming a final seal." More>>>>