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BP, US gov't debate next step in stopping leaking oil

07-19-2010 09:30 BJT

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The new cap that's finally cut off oil flowing from BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico has held fast, and the company hopes to leave it that way until crews can permanently stop the leak. But the US government outlined a different plan earlier on Saturday.

It says that after the tests are completed, the cap would be hooked up through 1.6 kilometers of pipes stretching to ships on the surface that will collect the oil.

This means oil would have to be released back into the Gulf for three days to release pressure from the well. Federal officials have said the oil-capture plan may be the safer option. But both sides downplayed the apparent contradiction.

The government's pointman, retired Coast Guard Admeral, Thad Allen said the containment plan he described on Saturday hadn't changed, and that he and BP executives were on the same page. BP has extended its critical tests on the well for another 24 hours. It's this test that's currently holding the leak in place.


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Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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