Cap on well pays tribute to 11 workers

The final cap placed on BP’s failed Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week includes a memorial to the 11 workers who died on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

The corrosion cap, a device placed on the section of pipe protruding from the mud 5,000 feet below the ocean surface, has 11 stars on the top. The date of the blowout, April 20, 2010, is printed on top, as well as a red, white and blue ribbon and a small American flag.

On the side of the cap it says “In Memory of the Deepwater Horizon 11.”

Officials declared the well sealed on Sept. 19, but crews have installed several cement plugs since then to finalize the procedure.

tom.fowler@chron.com