August 10th, 2010
09:22 AM ET

BP well could be permanently sealed by end of week

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/video/us/2010/08/08/wolf.gulf.conditions.cnn.640×360.jpg caption="Adm. Allen says the relief well is nearing the main well for intercept and cementing" width=300 height=169]

The disaster of epic proportions in the Gulf of Mexico still is on track to be resolved at the end of this week, according to the federal point man in the region.

A relief well is expected to start the final shutdown within days, said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man in the region.

Also this week, Michael R. Bromwich of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will host forums with federal, state and local leaders to gather input on deepwater drilling safety reforms, well containment and oil spill response. He will be briefed by panels of experts from academia, the environmental community and the oil and gas industry.

Bromwich will evaluate whether to recommend any modifications to the scope or duration of deepwater drilling suspensions announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on July 12.

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