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No promises as BP tests new cap

 

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After securing a new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP prepared to begin tests today to see if it will hold and stop fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly three months.

The oil giant expects to know within 48 hours if the new cap, which was affixed Monday after almost three days of painstaking, around-the-clock work a mile below the Gulf's surface, can stanch the flow. The solution is only temporary, but it offers the best hope yet for cutting off the gush of billowing brown oil.

The cap's installation was good news to weary...



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