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BP to switch caps on leaking oil well

07-09-2010 14:02 BJT

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BP says it is ready to switch caps on the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

It's to create a hurricane-ready system that can capture more oil. The news comes as the United States worst oil spill disaster enters its 80th day.

Admiral Thad Allen, US Coast Guard, said, "BP is in position at this time to move forward when the conditions allow to put a second containment cap on that will allow us to remove that stubby piece of riser pipe where we had the very inelegant sheer cut a while back and replace that with a pipe that's actually bolted onto the flange that will give us a seal."

US coast guard, Admiral Thad Allen says the switch will allow BP to capture up to 80 thousand barrels a day. He says BP and government officials will decide in the next one or two days whether to do the switch.

Weather will be a determining factor in the process. Allen also says the first of two relief wells intended to intercept and plug the leak will happen in the next 7 to 10 days. But, he says it will take until at least mid-August to plug the leak.

Meanwhile, the White House is sending BP a list of questions about its efforts to cap the well, and ordering the company to respond within 24 hours.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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