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BP stops oil- for now…

The capping stack being deployed by BP onto the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a story posted by the Associated Press, around 3:45 p.m., BP reported that oil had, at least for the time being, stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch the live feeds here on Right now, BP is conducting testing to determine that the cap isn’t causing undue pressure below it. If it works, the cap could stay on, depending on testing outcomes.

In a press release from  the BP press office, media outlets were told the following around 2:30.

“Following installation of the capping stack and in line with the procedure approved by the National Incident Commander and Unified Area Command, the well integrity test on the MC252 well commenced today.

The well integrity test will last at least 6 hours and could last up to 48 hours. During the test, the three ram capping stack is closed, effectively shutting in the well and all sub-sea containment systems (namely, the Q4000 and Helix Producer systems) have been temporarily stopped. Although it cannot be assured, it is expected that no oil will be released to the ocean during the test. Even if no oil is released during the test, this will not be an indication that oil and gas flow from the wellbore has been permanently stopped.

Information gathered during the test will be reviewed with the relevant government agencies, including the federal science team, to determine next steps.

The sealing cap system never before has been deployed at these depths or under these conditions, and its efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured.

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Posted by AdamF on Jul 15 2010. Filed under Broward County, Environmental, Oil. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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