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Pressure tests due on leaking Gulf oil well

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Pressure tests due on leaking Gulf oil well


BP is planning critical tests on its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after a delay to fix a leaking pipe.

Its hoped the latest attempt at fixing the well will stop the flow of crude which has been polluting the sea and coastline for three months now.

“We discovered there was a leak on a choke line. At that point we terminated all the tests, so we could determine the cause of the leak and repair that. Overnight that has been repaired, I’ll show you where that is in a minute. We are ready now to re-start the procedure” said National Incident Commander Thad Allen.

After the pressure tests have been successfully completed, BP will proceed with a four-ship oil capture system on the ocean surface.

This means the leak in the Gulf of Mexico could finally be plugged.

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