UPDATE 1-BP:Top kill bid continues Saturday, longer if needed

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MIAMI, May 29 (BestGrowthStock) – BP’s (BP.L: ) “top kill” operation
attempting to shut off the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well will
carry on through Saturday and longer if the company’s engineers
deem it necessary, a BP spokesman said.

The operation, which started on Wednesday, involves pumping
heavy drilling “mud” into the leaking well shaft in a bid to
push back the escaping oil and gas, and stabilize the well
enough to be able to inject cement and seal it.

The U.S. government and public are anxiously following the
operation in the hope that it can halt the worst oil spill in
U.S. history which has unleashed an environmental and economic
calamity on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

“The top kill operation continues and will carry on
throughout the day today. We’re not putting any time
constraints on the operation – it will progress as operations
teams deem appropriate through the day today and longer if
necessary,” BP spokesman Tom Mueller said in an email.

Another BP spokesman, David Nicholas, said the company
would give an update on the progress of the top kill operation
“when appropriate.”

“As you know, the top kill process is stepwise, with
periods of pumping, and periods of planning and analysis,”
Nicholas said.

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(Reporting by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Vicki Allen)

UPDATE 1-BP:Top kill bid continues Saturday, longer if needed