Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar have officially declared that the cement cap permanently plugging BP’s Macondo well is successfully in place, ending a five-month effort that nonetheless saw nearly 4.9 million barrels of oil escape into the Gulf of Mexico. “With the successful first intercept by the relief well and our confirmation through pressure tests that the cement plugs are secure, we can now declare BP’s Macondo well effectively dead,” the secretaries said in a joint statement. Finally.