NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new cap is now in place on the leaking well
in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP officials say the cap was mounted on the well after two days of preparing the site and a day of slowly lowering it into place.
The company plans to run tests starting Tuesday to see if the cap can withstand pressure. BP said the tests could last from six hours to two days, and oil will still leak into the Gulf during that time.
The old cap, removed Saturday, did not have a tight fit and allowed crude to escape.
The cap is only meant to be a temporary fix. To permanently plug the well, BP is drilling two relief wells to reach the blown-out well from underground and inject heavy drilling mud and concrete.
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