BP Delays Cap Test to Conduct ‘Additional Analysis’
July 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Not so fast, say scientists and U.S. officials. BP had planned to go full steam ahead and run tests on the seal of the new, better-fitting containment cap on Tuesday, but were persuaded to postpone the critical underwater testing. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen required “additional analysis” to prevent further damage to the wellhead that may worsen the situation.
After the successful placement of the cap over the weekend, BP had high hopes that the gushing oil would for the first time, since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, be contained from spilling into the Gulf. But now additional analysis is being conducted, which will last up to 48-hours before the cap is put through its paces.
According to Reuters, “The tests, which could mark a turning point in the massive environmental disaster, were due to last between six and 48 hours and had been scheduled for late Tuesday. Neither the coast guard nor BP gave any indication when the tests might now begin.”
‘”We decided that the process may benefit from additional analysis that will be performed tonight and tomorrow,” retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who is overseeing the U.S. response to the spill, said in a statement on Tuesday.”
And the Gulf Coast residents wait.
Live feeds of the underwater procedure can be viewed here.