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BBC News – BP can keep oil cap closed for another day, says Allen

BBC News – BP can keep oil cap closed for another day, says Allen.

The news from this morning about the capped well in the Gulf is a little troublesome.  A methane leak was detected on the sea floor.  If the leak is close to the well it means oil is leaking from the well.

Methane occurs on the sea floor naturally.  If the engineers determine that the methane is some distance away from the well head, then they will feel safe in keeping the cap in place.

But if the leak is determined to be close by, then the worry is that the pipe is fractured and is allowing oil to seep into the surrounding rock.  In this worst case scenario, the dumping of sludge and concrete will not kill the leak.

A troublesome aspect indeed.

Whatever the case, the cap will be opened in the future and will spill oil once again as they prepare for the final kill.

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