July 19th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

Gulf well tests held over another day

CNN Wire Staff
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Tests on the ruptured BP well in the Gulf of Mexico will go on for another 24 hours as federal and company officials try to explain "anomalous" pressure readings and possible leaks, the federal government's point man on the spill said Monday.

"There is no indication at this time this is any indication of a significant problem in the well bore, but we are running every one of these anomalies down," former Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters Monday afternoon.

The pressures recorded on the well in the four days since it was temporarily "shut in" are lower than expected, Allen said. Meanwhile, there are possible leaks of methane gas from around the well and from the inoperative blowout preventer, as well as a separate and possibly unrelated seep from the ocean floor about 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) away, he said.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Keep it, the well shut drill the relief well, and Increase the skimming capacity especially on stuff closer inshore and also the burnoffs. Pressurise MSRC and local governments to increase thier efforts during the good weather especially oil collection around the marshes and wetlands, plus beaches and making sure Booms are in good repair or replaced as needed.
    As of July 15th, 31.8 m gallons recovered from 181m estimated spilled.
    About 40m gallons of oil naturally? seeps into the gulf annually.
    The total dispersant used ( your history professor continues to rant on about) is about 1/20th of that amount and when diluted with the ocean size in the gulf is insignificant as a pollutant compared with the Oil itself.
    Dont mind the discussion concern re dispersants but it has to be in context and always note it was approved by the EPA and remains and approved dispersant.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    With all the oil that has gushed from the well and into the Gulf could the lower pressure be because there is significantly less oil in the well now? Is the amount of oil in the well have a bearing on the pressure at all? Glad BP is still testing and making sure that everything is ok. We can all hope that it is all ok now.

    July 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm |

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