BP hopes to resume later Thursday a vital well test that could put an end to the oil that has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the last 12 weeks, said a top company official.
The "integrity" test is intended to determine the well's pressure to see
if a new container cap will be able to contain the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP was forced to suspend operations Wednesday after a leak was
discovered in the new well cap. Senior Vice President Kent Wells told reporters Thursday the company was working on fixing the problem and hopes to be able to conduct the tests "sometime today."
A successful test could signal a beginning of an end to the catastrophe
that began when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering the relentless oil spill.