BP Spill

Gulf Oil Spill Update: Relief Tunnel to Hit Well This Weekend

The last resort is almost done: A relief tunnel is expected to hit BP’s busted Gulf oil well this weekend, which means the massive leak could be permanently shut within two weeks. After testing the stability of the well and the strength of its cap, scientists think there’s little risk of a blowout. Crews will drill sideways into the well and stop the flow of oil by pumping in heavy drilling mud. That procedure will take between five days and two weeks.