Relief Well Intersects Blown-Out BP Well in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After five months, the oil well that had spewed thousands of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of being plugged once and for all.

The U.S government said late Thursday that a relief well drilled nearly 2.5 miles beneath the floor of the Gulf has intersected BP's blown-out well.

The next step will be to pump mud and cement down through the relief well to seal the ruptured well from the bottom.

The final seal should happen by Sunday. The gusher was contained in July after a temporary cap was successfully fitted atop the well. Mud and cement were later pushed down through the top of the well. But the blown-out well can't be declared dead until it's sealed from the bottom.

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