Oil engineers ran tests Wednesday and prepared for the most critical maneuver of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis: pumping mud into a damaged valve to plug the flow of oil.http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-05-26-oil-top-kill_N.htm
The tests involved pumping drilling fluids into the massive blowout preventer that sits atop of the gushing well on the seafloor to measure pressures and other activity, according to a statement by BP, the British energy giant leading the effort.
This has never been tried before in such deep water. There's only an approximately 2 in 3 chance it will work. And, there's a slight chance it could actually increase the oil flow.
Where is our government?