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Update on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill - 27 May


Release Date: May 27, 2010

"Top kill" operations continued over the night and are ongoing. There are no significant events to report at this time. BP will provide updates on progress as appropriate.

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Release Date: May 26, 2010

Comments made by BP CEO Tony Hayward regarding on-going 'top kill' operation

"I've just left the control room, full of incredibly committed professional people doing an extraordinary job. The operation is proceeding as we planned it. Steven Chu, the Secretary, and I have been working together since we started the operation several hours ago.

"I am sure many of you have been watching the plume. All I can say is that it is unlikely to give us any real indication of what is going on. Either increases or decreases are not an indicator of either success or failure at this time. We will be continuing for at least another 24 hours.

"It will be another 24 hours before we know whether or not this has been successful, and as I said, so far, we are proceeding to plan. There's a great team of people doing extraordinary things to plug this leak as quickly as we can."

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May 26, 2010


BP started the "top kill" operations today to stop the flow of oil from the MC252 well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The procedure is intended to stem the flow of oil and gas and ultimately kill the well by  injecting heavy drilling fluids through the blow out preventer on the seabed, down into the well.

Pumping started at approximately 13:00 (CST) and continues.

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