NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has started to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good.
The company said Thursday it started to shove cement down the well at 9:15 Central time from pipes attached to ships a mile above.
Crews on Wednesday had forced down the oil in the well with mud sent down from the pipes.
BP engineers had wrestled with whether to send cement down the well immediately as part of the so-called "static kill" or wait until an 18,000-foot relief well is finished this month.
Either way, federal officials said they planned to pump the mud and cement down the well to forever suffocate the source of the oil.
The company capped the leak July 15th in what was always considered a temporary solution.