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August 4, 2010 3:24 AM

BP well in Gulf killed with heavy mud in 8-hour operation

BP announced early Wednesday that a so-called "static kill" had succeeded in forcing the Deepwater Horizon well's oil back into rock formations 18,000 feet below the sea's surface. "The MC252 well appears to have reached a static condition," BP said in a news release, calling the well by the Mississippi Canyon lease number it was assigned when BP bought the rights to drill from the federal government in 2008.

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