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BP Resumes Drilling On Relief Well, Hopes To Seal Well Permanently In Days

The Transocean Development Driller II, which is assisting in the drilling of the Deepwater Horizon relief well, floats near support vessels on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana on Sept. 4, 2010. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press hide caption

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Around 2:40 p.m. ET, BP resumed drilling on a relief well in the Gulf of Mexico. Crews have been making final preparations to finish it, installing a lock-down sleeve around a critical piece of equipment near the wellbore. That will protect the well from sudden, large increases in pressure," CNN reports.

BP suspended drilling more than a month ago. Since then, weather and technical problems prompted the company to postpone drilling.

According to Eileen Fleming, a reporter for WWNO, NPR's member station in New Orleans, "the relief well runs a few feet parallel to the broken line that was plugged from the top with mud and cement," and it is about 50 feet away from MC252 well.

The company expects the relief well to intersect with the broken well in about four days. No oil has been leaking into the Gulf since the company capped the well in mid-July.