Bp Test On New Gulf Cap To Begin Today

07.15.10 | FL News Team

(New Orleans, LA)  --  Crucial pressure tests on BP's new containment cap on its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will begin later today.  National Incident Commander Thad Allen says seismic testing of the well done last night showed no problems in proceeding with the integrity test.

Over a period of six to 48 hours, valves on the new cap will be shut down one by one to check if pressure readings are at sufficiently high levels.  Allen cautioned that low pressure would indicate oil from the wellbore might be leaking out under the sea floor.  In that case, BP will keep the cap partially closed while resuming the siphoning of oil to ships on the Gulf's surface.