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    LIVE VIDEO: Underwater camera shows Gulf oil leak
    Expert Weighs in on BP Top Kill Effort

    9:39 PM CDT, May 27, 2010

    On BP's live feed there's a new red colored plume shooting out of the gusher. Thursday a BP representative told the nation that red plume is drilling mud being pumped into the spewing well to try and clog the leak.

    "Over the next 24 to 48 hours you will see, sometimes drilling mud, sometimes oil and gas, sometimes nothing at all," said BP Managing Director Bob Dudley.
    ...
    BP suspended the top kill maneuver for most of Thursday, but restarted Thursday night. While some initially worried the stoppage meant a problem, University of Houston energy expert Don Nieuwenhuise said the top kill suspension was likely a chance for BP engineers to determine how much heavy mud is staying clogged in the well. Too little or too much could damage it further.

    "What they want to do is get closer to balance before they send the cement in. If they do it too soon they may have problems with getting enough cement in but also block their ability to get back in with enough cement," said Nieuwenhuise.

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