Live Video from the Gulf of Mexico sea floor shows only drilling mud blowing up from the well as a result of the â€œTop Killâ€ process started yesterday in attempt to stop the flow of oil. It is still coming up at about the rate as the oil was, but it is a hopeful sign. BP officials are saying it will be sometime this afternoon or tonight before enough mud will have been pumped into the well to be able to get a real indication if the Top Kill process is working.
MSNBC and CNN are reporting on TV the fact the only drilling mud appears to be coming from the well, but both caution the image from the live video feed is not an accurate indicator at this time.
Experts are warning the Top Kill process is very dangerous and could make matters worse. Adding heavy drilling mud â€œdown the holeâ€ is designed to increase pressure in the well above that of the gushing oil, thereby stopping the runaway flow of gas and oil. The intent is to slow the flow of contaminates from the well enough to add concrete to the hole and seal the well. But until that is done, the pressure from the gusher and the mud could cause blow outs, or ruptures, in the well which could make it almost impossible to stop.
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