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BP continues to test new cap as seepage detected

07-20-2010 17:01 BJT

BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The new cap on the BP ruptured well can still do its job for at least another day after the nearby seepage detected earlier was determined unrelated to the leak, according to media reports.

The new containment cap is seen during the "well integrity testing" in the image grabbed from the BP's live video feed in the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2010.  (Xinhua/BP LIVE FEED)
The new containment cap is seen during the "well integrity testing" in the image 
grabbed from the BP's live video feed in the Gulf of Mexico, July 15, 2010.  
The top U.S. oil spill official Thad Allen said BP could continue a pressure test for 24 more hours at the Gulf of Mexico well.

After being capped last week, the well stopped leaking for the first time after the incident occurred on April 20.

Talking of the seepage detected on Sunday about 3 km from the well, Allen said, "We do not believe that is associated with this particular ... test or the Macondo well."

Officials are monitoring the pressure in the well to decide whether it is structurally sound. An intact well would help when a relief well now being drilled tries to permanently plug the leak, but damage could complicate that effort.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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