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BP reopens part of oil cap to get ready for test

 In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 18:01 CDT, oil flows from the broken well, center, as a new containment cap, left, hovers near t...
 Map shows the forecast location of oil
 In a photo made from video released by BP PLC, oil emerges from a cap placed on the broken wellhead at the former site of the Deepwater Horizon oil r...
 National Incident Commander Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen updates reporters about the ongoing response efforts to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spi...
 In this July 12, 2010 photo, an oil skimming vessel is seen at sunset nears on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Patrick Sema...
 Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment c...
 A pelican cleans its feathers while resting on oiled shrubs on Cat Island off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.  (AP Photo/Judi Botto...
 A tug boat pulling a barge passes vessels assisting in the Deepwater Horizon oil well leak on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Tuesday,...
 The Discoverer Inspiration drilling platform operates in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP...
 Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment c...
 In a photo made from video provided by BP PLC, oil emerges from the damage wellhead Wednesday morning July 14, 2010 at 1:04 a.m. EDT in the Gulf of M...

Gulf Oil Spill

In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 18:01 CDT, oil flows from the broken well, center, as a new containment cap, left, hovers near t...

GULF OIL SPILL

Map shows the forecast location of oil

Gulf Oil Spill

In a photo made from video released by BP PLC, oil emerges from a cap placed on the broken wellhead at the former site of the Deepwater Horizon oil r...

Gulf Oil Spill

National Incident Commander Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen updates reporters about the ongoing response efforts to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spi...

APTOPIX Gulf Oil Spill

In this July 12, 2010 photo, an oil skimming vessel is seen at sunset nears on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Patrick Sema...

Gulf Oil Spill

Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment c...

Gulf Oil Spill

A pelican cleans its feathers while resting on oiled shrubs on Cat Island off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Judi Botto...

Gulf Oil Spill

A tug boat pulling a barge passes vessels assisting in the Deepwater Horizon oil well leak on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Tuesday,...

APTOPIX Gulf Oil Spill

The Discoverer Inspiration drilling platform operates in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP...

Gulf Oil Spill

Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment c...

Gulf Oil SPill

In a photo made from video provided by BP PLC, oil emerges from the damage wellhead Wednesday morning July 14, 2010 at 1:04 a.m. EDT in the Gulf of M...

BP is temporarily letting oil pour out of a second pipe on its untested cap as part of preparations for closing all the valves to see how well it can contain the oilwell's flow.
The federal government's point man on the disaster, Thad Allen, says all the pipes may be closed later today. That would start a 48-hour experiment to see if the massive capping stack can stop the oil without blowing a new hole in the well.
BP late Wednesday shut down two of the three valves that control the flow of oil through the cap. But a leak discovered in a pipe overnight required a fix and the pipe was replaced early Thursday. That sent BP back to the start of preparing for the test, including by reopening one of the two closed valves.


Updated : 2021-04-20 15:02 GMT+08:00