New Containment Cap In Place
by The Associated Press
Published: Mon, July 12, 2010 - 6:48 pm CST Last Updated: Mon, July 12, 2010 - 6:53 pm CSTNEW ORLEANS - Live underwater video shows a new cap has been placed onto the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, offering hope of containing the gusher for the first time since BP's deepwater rig exploded in April.
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BP officials did not immedietely comment Monday evening on the video images streamed online by the company.
The company has said the next step will be running tests to make sure there are no other leaks from the well. Tests and monitoring could last from six hours to two days.
The old cap, removed Saturday, did not have a tight fit and allowed crude to escape.
BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well for a permanent fix.
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