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  • n. a method to shut off a faulty blowout preventer (BOP) by injecting the BOP with material that will clog up the innards and result in a choking off of the hole


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  • Yes, the junk shot comes after the "top hat" and the "hot tap" attempts. (Seen here on The Daily Show, starting at about 2:47.)

    May 17, 2010

  • “Officials with BP and other companies involved in the effort, who discussed the plans in detail at some of the operations rooms, said the best of several options included a “junk shot,” which could be tried within the week. The method involves pumping odds and ends like plastic cubes, knotted rope, even golf balls — Titleists or whatever, BP isn’t saying — into the blowout preventer, the safety device atop the well.”

    The New York Times, ‘Junk Shot’ Is Next Step for Leaking Gulf of Mexico Well, by Henry Fountain, May 14, 2010

    May 15, 2010