WASHINGTON May 28 The flow of oil and gas from
the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped by
pumping mud into it, however the challenge will be whether that
can be sustained, the U.S. incident commander Admiral Thad
Allen said on Friday.
Allen, on ABC's "Good Morning America," said the next 12 to
18 hours will be "very critical" in the effort to stop the
gusher which has sent thousands of barrels of oil into the
fragile ecosystem there.
BP Plc (BP.L) Chief Executive Tony Hayward said on the same
program that the effort to plug the well was "going pretty well
according to plan" and that they have also been pumping rubber
and other material into the well, known as the "junk shot."
Hayward said they planned to begin pumping more mud into
the well again later today.
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Vicki Allen)