rsz_1ap100708117336"There's lots of oil and gas here."
That's what BP Chief Operation Officer Doug Suttles said Friday when a reporter quizzed him about whether BP would resume draining oil from the reservoir where the Deepwater Horizon rig had been drilling when it exploded April 20.
He added, "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point."
Suttles spoke at a news conference in New Orleans, where he touted BP's plan to push mud and cement into the underground reservoir through the relief well it has drilled, a day after the company closed the well with cement from the top.
Suttles — who said that he's returning to his former role, based in Houston, after serving as point man on the disaster — stopped short of pronouncing the well dead. That verdict should wait, he said, until BP completes the bottom-level cementing operation known as "bottom kill." He conceded, however, that "all the indications" in regard to the well's death "look very encouraging."
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