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Obama: We are still on testing phase

07-16-2010 13:32 BJT

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BP says it's stopped oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the accident happened in April.

A new containment cap has completely cut the flow of oil, but the company is continuing to conduct pressure tests to make sure the well doesn't burst again.

For the first time in 87 days, images from the BP oil camera show no oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP announced that no oil is leaking from BP's blown-out Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since late April.

Barack Obama, U.S. President, said, "I think it is a positive sign but we are still on the testing phase."

Kent Wells, BP's senior vice president of exploration and production, told reporters a new cap had completely shut off the flow while the company conducts a critical pressure test on the stricken well.

The spill had been flowing since April 20, when an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon rig sank the drilling platform and killed 11 workers.

US government scientists estimate that up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day had been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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