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Machines are sucking oil off Louisiana's coastal marshes today as Americans spend Memorial Day weekend waiting to see if BP's "top kill" maneuver can tamp oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico in what's already the country's biggest oil spill in history.
Today is the 40th consecutive day that's seen thousands of barrels of crude oil spewing into the Gulf, after an April 20 explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig severed its drilling column and killed 11 workers.
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After trying several techniques, BP's latest maneuver is the top kill, which involves pumping mud-like drilling fluids into the broken well to counter the pressure of gushing oil. "It's like an arm-wrestling match of two equally strong forces," BP's managing director, Robert Dudley, told reporters on Friday.
As the operation heads into its third day, BP is offering few details except to say that it's "progressing" but that "ultimate success is uncertain." But the company has posted live video of the ongoing operation a mile underwater, and its "spillcam" has become an Internet sensation as scientists and regular Americans alike try to figure out whether the top kill is working.
It'll be Sunday or later before BP knows the answer. Then the blown-out oil well would be sealed with cement. Even once that's done, there's still as many as 29 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico to contend with.
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