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Last updated at 13:06 BST, Friday, 06 August 2010

Oil leak repairs start final stages

Summary

6 August 2010

Engineers have begun the final stages of plugging the well in the Gulf of Mexico that caused the world's worst accidental oil spill.

Reporter:
Jane O'Brien

Deepwater oil rig

The oil leak cleanup continues

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The operation called Static Kill is well underway and so far the results look promising. The process involves pumping mud and cement into the well to push the oil back underground. It's similar to the procedure that failed in May - but then the oil was still gushing freely. This time a cap is in place and still holding after two weeks.

If Static Kill is successful, the well will be sealed with concrete on top and below the surface, using the relief wells that have taken several months to drill. But even when the leak is fully stopped, the effects of the BP oil spill are likely to continue indefinitely.

The local economy has been crippled and some parents are reporting sickness and behaviour problems in children exposed to the spill and affected by the stress it's caused. A series of public meetings start Wednesday aimed at addressing the many concerns of businesses and residents.

Jane O'Brien, BBC News, Washington

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operation

activity which aims to fix or complete something, in this case the oil leak

well underway

already started

promising

showing signs of success

procedure

a way or process for doing something

gushing

quick flowing

still holding

continuing to work

concrete

building material made from cement, sand, stones and water

crippled

suffered major damage

behaviour

how a person acts

addressing

dealing with a question or problem

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