Relief well on target, storm looms in Caribbean

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's says its effort to drill a relief well through 2 1/2 miles of rock to stop the Gulf oil spill is on target for completion by mid-August.

The relief well is considered the best hope of halting the crude that has been gushing since April 20.

The crew that's drilling the relief well has run a test to confirm that it's on the right path and a BP spokesman says "We are where we thought we were."

Once the new well intersects the ruptured one, BP plans to pump heavy drilling mud in to stop the oil flow and plug it with cement.

Meanwhile, forecasters and BP are keeping an eye on a tropical depression that has formed in the Western Caribbean. It's the first of the Atlantic season and has winds of about 35 mph.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the effort to capture the oil gushing from the sea bottom could be interrupted for up to two weeks if a storm forces BP to move its equipment out of harm's way.

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