I’d been waiting for this discussion and it’s even more depressing than I thought. Of course it’s not a certainty that completion of relief wells will stop the gush of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s failed well.
“I won’t say there haven’t been relief wells that haven’t worked,” said a technician involved in the effort.
There are questions about the damaged well’s condition, particularly near the point where the interception would take place, and whether it could affect the kill procedure.
“No human being alive can know the answers,” said the technician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the work.