July 21st, 2010
10:58 AM ET

BP tests continue as officials explore new option

[Update 10:58 a.m.] BP said Wednesday the cap on the sunken well in the Gulf of Mexico is still keeping the oil inside. No oil is leaking into the water as pressure slowly rises, it said.

Critical tests on the capped well in the Gulf of Mexico will continue Wednesday as scientists work on the ultimate solution to end the oil disaster.

Pressure testing on the capped well was extended for another 24 hours Tuesday, said Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the spill. The tests on the new, tightly fitting containment cap began Thursday and are designed to determine the effectiveness of the cap.

Though the new cap has stopped the incessant flow of oil into the Gulf, government officials and BP have said that the cap on the well is only a temporary fix for the oil disaster that started on April 20.

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  1. Gail

    Re Shirley Sherrod: Why isn't CNN focusing on the real cause, that being who drastically edited this tape (Tea Party / Republicans). This poor woman is an innocent victim which is obviously no concern to those who did this. Seems to me there was a definite purpose to this. Obviously who distributed and reported on it didn't fact check or did they know the truth and went ahead anyway.

    July 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      July 21, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Gail – you are a moron and in the wrong article.

      July 21, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

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      July 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      now, you should be happy, "qwerasdf-BP-guy"... with the wellhead closed, your BP shares and stock options should soon go up again... :|
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      July 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas F O'Brien

    The administratuion should reinstate Mrs Sherrod immediatly. The review of what took place should focus on who in the administration requested/demanded her resignation. That individual along with any official supporting such rapid action without allowing Mrs Sherrod to respond or...validate the information is not fit to administer a hot dog stand let alone any high office. I voted for the current administration..but if this isnt rectified as quickly as she was dismissed ...I will become an ardent supporter to see they are removed from office!!! This is incontionable on so many levels. Mrs Sherrod is an example of the kind of support and care low income people deserve!! Hows them Apples!!!

    July 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Candace

      Thomas, you need both spelling and grammer check. Also, you need to learn to read as YOU ARE IN THE WRONG BLOG TO BE POSTING THIS. But, PS-since you are discussing this–Ms. Sherrod did take the high road. It is some of the people on the blogs that appear to be idiots...

      July 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fritzi Presley

    It isn't what they say...I wanna know what they're NOT sayin'...there are 5 leaks...that's what they say...that means there are MORE than 5 leaks...and they say...just around the wellhead...that means it's blown out somewhere else... gotta know how to translate BP-ics...they do a hat dance all around the truth... The Coast Guard's just as bad...Rear Admiral Landry, who regurgitated everything BP said, in the beginning, relieved our Coast Guard commander here, because she, "lost confidence in Martin's ability to lead"...not even letting him brief the next guy...wouldn't even let them cross paths...no satisfactory reason...pending investigation...PUH-LEEZE!! This guy had a great relationship with the locals...was forthcoming with information...was a conscientious, compassionate fellow...*poof*...he's gone.

    July 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Maria

    Please help spread the word to Save Our Gulf! Buy a Save Our Gulf T-shirt,
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    July 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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