(The following is a roundup of recent events related to the BP oil spill, including the the static kill.)
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- BP (BP - Get Report)is preparing to launch its static kill operation on Monday, with tests to be conducted and the actual operation tried as early as Tuesday. The static kill will be the first of a two-pronged effort from BP to permanently plug the compromised Macondo well.
The static kill operation is similar to previous failed "kill" operations attempted by BP, which involved pumping heavy drilling mud and cement into the Macondo well. BP hopes the static kill will succeed where the previous "kill" methods failed because of the cap now in place over the well. The cap, never meant to be a permanent solution to the leaking well, should make efforts to pump mud and cement into the well more effective, BP has said.
BP plans to follow up the static kill with the relief well that has always been the No. 1 plan for ending the oil spill permanently.The static kill could be the beginning of the end of the oil spill, which began on April 20.