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BP pauses effort to stop Gulf oil leak

 A group of workers clean the beach of oil residue from the Deepwater oil rig spill near Grand Isle, La., Thursday, May 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hon...
 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points to oil spill as he talks to reporters as he tours the site where workers are building barriers to keep oil from en...

Gulf Oil Spill

A group of workers clean the beach of oil residue from the Deepwater oil rig spill near Grand Isle, La., Thursday, May 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hon...

Gulf Oil Spill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points to oil spill as he talks to reporters as he tours the site where workers are building barriers to keep oil from en...

BP is pausing its attempt to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, saying it wants to monitor the effects of the top kill attempt.
BP said Thursday that nothing was going wrong with the procedure, which involves force-feeding mud into the blown-out well in an attempt to overcome the oil flowing upward.
BP says it hopes to resume shooting mud into the well Thursday night. Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says he is not surprised that it is taking longer than expected.
The top kill has never been tried at 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) underwater.
New government estimates show the Gulf disaster has easily eclipsed the Exxon Valdez as the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.


Updated : 2021-04-16 09:50 GMT+08:00