The 'static kill,' which had been on pace to begin Sunday night or Monday, may not happen until Monday night or Tuesday so that debris could be cleaned from the bottom of a relief well, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said.
Workers installing pipe casing in the relief well discovered 40 to 45 feet of sediment inside it Friday. The sediment has to be cleaned out before the casing is installed and sealed in place with cement. And the casing and cementing procedure must be done before the static kill is attempted as assurance that the well, which is considered the ultimate solution for plugging the Macondo well, is protected."
Jaquetta White reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune July 30, 2010.