BP says it's on target for mid-August completion of a relief well, the best hope of stopping the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP spokesman Bill Salvin says the crew drilling the first of two wells ran a procedure called a ranging run this week to confirm they're drilling on the correct path.
He says it showed the crews are where they thought they were. They started drilling the first relief well on May 2 and now they've reached a depth of 16,725 feet.
They need to drill about 3,000 feet deeper so they can intercept and relieve the pressure on the well that blew out when the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.
Salvin says the well remains on pace to be completed during the first half of August.
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