Allen Says Relief Well On Target For Mid-August

New Orleans, La. – The government point man for the oil spill says permanently killing the well from the bottom will be done in stages.

"We'll drill approximately 30 feet further down into the well and between the 8th of August and the 13th of August there will be three patterns where we will drill 30 feet."

Allen says pressure tests are being done on the cement poured into the broken well from the top in a procedure called a static kill. The bottom kill should begin at the middle of this month.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.