The Cap Is Still Holding

The oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico remains halted, but the cap is an interim step. BP plans to open the cap and resume siphoning operations within about 48 hours. Live video from the seabed Friday morning showed that all was quiet around the top of the well, suggesting the test assessing the integrity of the well was continuing.

Earlier in the week, Kent Wells, a senior vice president for BP, had said that the longer the test continued the better, because it would indicate that the pressure inside the well was holding. There are two final fixes being pursued, one is the relief wells and cementing in the once leaking well, by drilling into it’s casing. The other is to actually produce the well by laying connecting pipes to a oil pipeline on the Gulf floor.


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