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A Boots and Coots team member directs a backhoe clearing debris away from a gushing oil well minutes after the fire was extinguished. The ground is still smoking. The well was capped two hours later using a "stinger," a tapered pipe on the end of a long steel boom controlled by a bulldozer. Drilling mud, under high pressure, was pumped through the "stinger" into the well, stopping the flow of oil and gas. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.

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A Boots and Coots team member directs a backhoe clearing debris away from a gushing oil well minutes after the fire was extinguished. The ground is still smoking. The well was capped two hours later using a "stinger," a tapered pipe on the end of a long steel boom controlled by a bulldozer. Drilling mud, under high pressure, was pumped through the "stinger" into the well, stopping the flow of oil and gas. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.