BP says testing process on cap should begin “soon”

Process was interrupted by a leak Wednesday night, officials say

Topics: Gulf Oil Spill,

BP says it hopes to restart the testing process on the cap it’s put on top of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill now that a leak in the machinery has been fixed.

Kent Wells, a senior vice president in the company, said at a Thursday morning news briefing that the testing of the cap’s capabilities could begin later in the day.

A number of steps have to be carried out before then, including checking the seals on the equipment and moving robotic submersibles back into proper position.

The work was interrupted after a leak was discovered late Wednesday in a line that can funnel oil up to a ship if necessary.

The cap is a stopgap measure designed to keep the oil in the well or funnel it to ships until the relief well is done.

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