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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "A long-awaited procedure to permanently seal BP's crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be working, the oil giant announced early Wednesday"]

'Static kill' appears to be working, BP says

(CNN) – A long-awaited procedure to permanently seal BP's crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be working and is being monitored, the oil giant announced early Wednesday.

The well-killing procedure, which began Tuesday afternoon, involves pumping heavy drilling mud down from above to push oil back into the well reservoir.

"The well pressure is now being controlled by the hydrostatic pressure of the drilling mud, the desired outcome of the static kill procedure," a BP statement said. "The pumping of heavy drilling mud was stopped after about eight hours of pumping drilling mud down the well. The well is now being monitored, per the procedure, to ensure the well remains static."

BP said it will continue work on a relief well.

The static kill is the biggest development in the long-running saga involving BP's well since a tightly fitting cap was placed on it in mid-July, stopping oil from flowing into the Gulf for the first time in almost three months.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, a joint Senate hearing will focus on the use of dispersants in Gulf.

The Environmental Protection Agency is likely to face questions about its finding that eight dispersants, including one used in combating the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, are no more toxic when mixed with oil than the oil alone. Read more

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  1. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Anybody and everybody who is earning a living produces a product. For example, John & Kiran produce a product called 'news'. Like thinking can be said of everyone employed. The question is, is what is that product worth? The follow up question is, well what is the quality of that product and so on. I see Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on and I still think he would make the ideal President. Totally pure and honest. (I like that)

    August 4, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  2. Frank

    A flat-tax or federal tax may lead to government handouts its more fair with the current system.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If the president and government dont get the peoples hint on immigration that America wants the standing law enforced then America has the wrong people in office .

    August 4, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If the president and government dont get the peoples hint on immigration that America wants the standing enforced then America has the wrong people in office .

    August 4, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  5. Frank

    I think they should end the tax cut to pay for the debt unless that means less jobs but, I'm just wonder if the rich need saving before they start to create jobs and how much is that. Maybe we should just let capitalism work.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  6. Ronny

    Virginia has the right idea. Every state should follow suit.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Luis, BP is a classic example on how big corporations work. Generally speaking, the big corporations are 'paranoid' about info leaking out. They do this to protect company secrets, whatever they may be, sooner or later it comes back and bites them in the butt. The odd thing is that they are secretive to be competitive, they don't want the competition to know how they operate in an effort to gain market share. The key here is to think COOPERATION. Everybody will then profit more. I understand that there were 150,000 american people ideas on the oil gusher. BP said none would work. Why? BP withheld technical data to protect corporate interests.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  8. Ronny

    Democrats are willing to spend money without any control and believe that there won't be any consequences to the deficit with unlimited, uncontrolled spending. No person would think that with their personal finances but yet they think that about the country's finances. Makes no sense to anyone with an ounce of common sense..

    August 4, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    A statue of Jesus Christ would even be nice to remember the victims of 9-11 in front of the Mosque .

    August 4, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There has to be a memorial placed at this site to honer those who died on 9-11 maybe bronze statue of the ten commandments with all the victims names on it there should be enough room right in front of the new Mosque .

    August 4, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  11. Pauly

    @Tom, when Reagan cut taxes & started spending like crazy! The deficit grew at a higher rate during Reagan than at any other time in our history when we were in peacetime. People forget that Reagan raised taxes every year except his 1st & last years. After he cut the tax rate, we had our worst recession since the Great Depression. Until the Bush tax cuts contributed to the one we're in now.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  12. Ronny

    Abraham Foxman is Jewish and his opinion on the Muslim Cultural Center is biased, anti-American and should be disregard in it's entirety.

    The ADL's stance on this matter is embarassing to America.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  13. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I would be concerned if any church or mosque of any single religious belief be built there. Having said that, I would be all for a religious center that would be 'blessed' by all religions to serve as a meeting place for all persons of faith to find commonality between beliefs and be inclusive of non-beliefs as well. Questions asked; answers given. Dialog with respect and understanding of where the others are coming from and within. We need open minds and not closed hearts.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  14. Gordon

    The GOP argues the wealthy need tax cuts so they can create jobs. The wealthy have been getting the tax cuts for several years now. Where are all the jobs they should have created? End the Bush handouts to the wealthy!

    August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  15. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Since a piece of the airline crashed at this site the people of New York has all the rights to put a christian memorial in front of the new Mosque .

    August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  16. Ronny

    Children of Americans citizens – no matter where they are born – are automatically American citizens.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  17. Luis

    It's great to hear that BP has succeeded in this static kill and it's working as expected.

    I think America should beware of what BP claims to have accomplished.
    This company has lied to the media and the people of the gulf since the very beginning, why do we trust them now ?

    I would rather hear one of our own government scientists come on TV and tell us more. Where are the video feeds ? Why isn't the cap being shown to the public ?

    August 4, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  18. Ronny

    Of course the Anti-Defamation League is against the Muslim Cultural Center – IT'S A JEWISH ORGANIZATION! Their opinions and thoughts are extremely baised and should be disregarded from the very start.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  19. Ronny

    And even if there was any evidence of what the killer's family said – is not a license to kill people. If that was the case – people would have a license to kill YOUR family because of your off the wall thinking.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  20. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Pauly, 40s & 50s tax rates? I agree. Thats a start. After WWII the American Dream was alive and kicking and ready to burst forth. Question, when, where and how did things start going 'south'? Cause and effect.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  21. Terry Man

    The 14th Amendment should be either repealed or modified.
    The children of American citizens should gain automatic citizenship by birth, no matter where they are born. This includes the case when only one parent is an American citizen, natural born or naturalized. The children of legal resident aliens should be given PENDING status. They will be treated as American citizens until the age of 18, when they get to choose if they wish to be granted full American citizenship. Those born to parents who neither are American citizens nor are legal residents would be considered as citizens of the country, or countries, of which the parents are legal residents and are not considered American citizens.

    The odd case of artificial insemination would depend upon the citizenship status of the mother. If she was an American citizen, the child would be granted American citizenship. If she was a legal resident alien the child would be given PENDING status.

    You cannot reward an illegal act with a precious gift, especially when the act is a cynical attempt to gain leverage for entry into the US.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  22. Ronny

    There needs to be a FLAT TAX system. Everybody pays the same percentage no matter how much income one makes. No tax credits. No tax refunds. No write offs.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  23. Ronny

    cammy.... you attempting to make a killer into a victim is sickening. There is no evidence that the murderer had a legitimate complaint. You believing anything the killer's family says without any proof says that you will believe anything – as long as somebody throws out the word racism – which makes one believe that you yourself are a racist looking for an excuse.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  24. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Blogers, Does anybody know anybody who really loves to pay taxes? I can't think of anyone either. Everybody wants to reduce their tax 'liabilty'. There is another way for the government to raise revenue to delete the deficit AND create jobs. It can be done without the concept of income tax. In fact, I'm surprised these so called 'experts' haven't hit on it. I will say that politics has to be taken out of the economic question. The economy needs to be engineered. There IS a way to create a thriving economy with a 'rock solid' dollar. Step 1, we need to be willing start over and be willing to explore with open minds. Additionally, we must be willing to realized that no matter how great an idea is, there is ALWAYS a better idea. That why politics needs to be removed from the economic equation.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  25. Frank

    I think the government need to look at all its programs revert them back to what they were originally intended and where appropriate demand is they should start new programs. If they can't get taxpayers behind it, cut it.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  26. Pauly

    Warren Buffett told lawmakers that because of the cuts to the capital gains tax passed under former President George W. Bush, he pays taxes at a lower rate than some of his company’s employees.

    It is an argument the investor has made before. Buffett said he paid a 16.5 percent tax rate on all his income because the tax rate on investment dividends and long-term capital gains is only 15 percent.

    By contrast, a single employee at Buffet’s firm, Berkshire Hathaway, who earns between $33,000 and $83,000 must pay a 25 percent federal income tax rate.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  27. Avia

    First of all it isn't raising taxes, its letting a tax cut expire. When it was put in place they knew it would hurt the economy, which is why they put a limit on to let it expire. All these people that are saying this would hurt potential jobs from being created, oh really because it has created so many jobs thus far. That is another scare tactic and masses are falling for it hook, line, and sinker. To those that say people making $200.000 a year aren't rich, you're right they are no Buffet or Pitt but there are Millions of Americans that are trying to survive on less than $25,000 a year and they are being told to suck it up. If the Conservatives were really concerned about the defict as they stated when they didnt' want to extend UI then there shouldn't be any question on letting this Tax savings for the rich expire.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  28. cammy

    It is very sad about Omar Thornton who shot fellow workers at the beer distributor. That said, It sends a message to all those racist fellow employees and employers out there and others that individuals are not taking it anymore.

    You bring people of color in your businesses and then treat them like dogs with even LESS disrespect than you show a dog.

    Then as was reported on CNN, the union said he made no complaints. Please get real. If he had complained about racial harrassment they, his fellow workers and employers would have made life a living hell for him.


    August 4, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  29. Pauly

    Let's just go back to the tax rates of the 40's & 50's, that will shut everyone up!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  30. Phil

    Speaking on the Mosque being built in New York – In my opinion what will happen is, the Mosque will start out as a cultural center or a building teaching "tolerance" but then eventually the extremists will take it over. Then we will have extremists "praising Allah" that he allowed 3000 people to die. Is that really tolerable to America?

    August 4, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  31. Pauly

    Funny how the GOP keeps insisting that letting the Bush tax cuts expire is Obama raising the taxes. They wrote the bill for the Bush tax cuts & placed the expiration date on it!!! If they believed they were such a great idea, why didn't they make them permanent?

    August 4, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  32. Ronny

    Of course alot of New Yorkers are opposed to the Muslim Culture Center being built – most of them are JEWISH. Do not let New Yorkers speak for the rest of America. It is that kind of thinking that led to the tragedy of 9/11 in the first place and will only lead to more tragedies happening.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  33. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Ronny, Regarding question: 'Who or what is radicalizing the youth of today?' Answer: Poverty, unemployment and hopelessness are the usual conditions required prior to radicalization of groups. In other words, its the 'have nots' who are most vulnerable to radicalization. There are exeptions of couse. The extremist 'haves' prey upon the 'have nots' because the 'haves' know that the 'have nots' want to belong to a group.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  34. Ronny

    A thief got caught ... and took it out on others. Simple as.

    Never filed a complaint but his family makes a complaint AFTER the fact? Pointless. He murdered 8 people.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  35. Sophia

    This morning, Ms. Chetry was talking so much and so fast, it was very difficult to follow her because by the time she came to her question, I forgot what she was trying to get to. Her questions are much too long and involved. By the time she gets an answer to whatever she was getting at most people have forgotten what she said. Please tell her to cut down on her prefaces to the questions. I listen, but I would venture to say most tune her out.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  36. scott

    I say we increase taxes on everybody making less than 250,000 dollars per year. We don't want to bother that top 3% while their trying to recover from that spec house that they took a bath on. In fact, lets make those making one million or more per year tax exempt. That way, Wall Street will be best suited to rain down their re-investment on middle class America.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  37. Larry Siegler

    Conservatives are using scare tactics when they say letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire will be bad for employment. They used the same rhetoric when Clinton raised taxes. Employment was not affected at that time.

    Putting more money in the hands of the rich does not help the economy or the deficit. They do not spend the money. Most of the jobs they create are overseas. It is time to penalize corporations for creating jobs overseas, not reward them. Reward them for creating jobs at home. Besides, paying a salary is already tax deductible!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  38. Ronny

    Another stupid idea from the Democrats .... let's raise the tax on 3% of the population but fail to cut the wasteful, needless spending. Raising taxes on a few will not do anything if spending isn't controlled. Barry Obama can not continue to spend money like it is his own without raising taxes for all Americans (except those in the 'hood) if he wants to reduce the deficit – which is doubtful that he even wants to. It appears that his only goal is to sink America further in debt.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  39. pfriday

    it's about the revenue.

    how many people don't pay any taxes (tax payers earning less than $50,000) – its big.

    – taxing the "rich" is a feel good move, not a revenue producer.
    – raising taxes will not create private sector jobs

    August 4, 2010 at 6:46 am |
  40. Trey Young

    Be gone with the Bush tax cuts! Those people in that extremely wealth 3% margin can afford to take the tax hike, Middle class Americans like myself have enough trouble keeping food in our mouth living pay check to pay check.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  41. Jane - WI

    If the Bush tax cuts for the so called "rich" are not going to be extended, why does it apply to singles making $200,000 or more and couples making $250,000? Why not $125,000 for singles or $400,000 or a married couple? There seems to be a marriage penalty going on here.

    Also, since when is $250,000 "rich"? Someone making $200,000 is in no way comparable to Warren Buffet, Brad Pitt, Alex Rodriguez, etc. High income is relative. Someone making $100,000 is rich in the eyes of someone making $45,000.
    If tax cuts for the so called rich have to be "paid for", why not the tax cuts for the rest of income tax payers?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  42. Ronny

    Who or what is radicalizing the youth of today?

    Come on people that's an easy one to figure out. It is the same that has been radicalizing Muslims for the last 20 or 30 years. It's the US foreign policies with it's double standards towards Islam that is the best recruiter for radical Islam. Let's abuse the Muslims for 70 years and then wonder why they become "radicalized".

    August 4, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  43. Jane - WI

    We haven't heard much other than a mention of Michelle Obama's vacation to Spain. Is it true that she has booked 30 rooms at a 5 star hotel, and if so, who is staying in all those rooms at this expensive hotel? Is any of this vacation being paid for on the taxpayer dime? It seems the Obama family has been going on one elite vacation after another in the last few months.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  44. Jane - WI

    Just this "private" birthday party with friends that the President is having in Chicago the same one where you have to pay $30,000 to attend? If so, why are CNN and other media outlets neglecting to mention that fact, and instead downplaying this party as merely a dinner with friends?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  45. Ronny

    How is Barry's birthday newsworthy and why do we care?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  46. Trey Young

    I really hope this REALLY is the beginning of the end of this horrible disaster. On the other hand a BP failure would not be all that surprising. Keep your fingers crossed America!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  47. Ronny

    Good Morning CNN!

    Static kill appears to be working so far. Let's hope that it is a success. Now focus on the clean up effort.

    Everybody check on your elderly neighbors, make sure everybody and their pets stay hydrated during the heat wave.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:10 am |