Seep not threatening at capped BP oil well: Allen

Written by: Devaki
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Washington, Jul 20: The seep detected near BP's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is not threatening the integrity of the capped wellhead, informed Thad Allen, US Coast Guard Admiral.

A seepage which was found 1.9 kilometers near from the capped well will not affect the flow of oil from the well head, reported Allen. He said that there was some leakage in the new capping stack but it was not consequential at this time.

Oil and gas are leaking from the newly installed cap but the cork will stay in place for now, informed the federal government's point man.

There were doubts that the cap is creating too much pressure underground, which could have led to the re-opening of the cap. Allen said that BP would continue testing the cap keeping it shut for at least another 24 hours. He also suggested the company to keep rigorously monitor any signs which could worsen the environmental disaster.

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