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Trial of Gulf oil well cap extended for 24 hours

 Smoke rises from a controlled burn of contained oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil well leak on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Friday...
 Vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead leak are seen past crew members on the Pacific Responder oil skimming vessel o...
 Ships pulling oil boom pass vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana ...
 Vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead are seen on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Friday, July 16, 20...
 A green sea turtle, rescued by NOAA sea turtle experts in the Gulf of Mexico, is to be transported to the Audubon Institute for rehabilitation, Venic...
 Map shows the forecast location of oil

Gulf Oil Spill

Smoke rises from a controlled burn of contained oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil well leak on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Friday...

Gulf Oil Spill

Vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead leak are seen past crew members on the Pacific Responder oil skimming vessel o...

Gulf Oil Spill

Ships pulling oil boom pass vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana ...

Gulf Oil Spill

Vessels assisting in the capping of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead are seen on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana Friday, July 16, 20...

Gulf Oil Spill

A green sea turtle, rescued by NOAA sea turtle experts in the Gulf of Mexico, is to be transported to the Audubon Institute for rehabilitation, Venic...

GULF OIL SPILL

Map shows the forecast location of oil

BP's trial run of a cap that is blocking oil from streaming into the Gulf of Mexico has been extended.
Thad Allen, the government's point man on the cleanup, says BP will continue to monitor the cap for another 24 hours.
The oil giant was initially given 48 hours to see whether its latest effort to stop the leak was working. Allen made the call to extend the trial run less than two hours after the period ended.
The cap could be reopened if scientists decide it could create an underground breach. It also could be reopened if they need to do certain seafloor mapping, or if they want to contain the oil by instead drawing it up to vessels on the surface.


Updated : 2021-05-18 21:34 GMT+08:00