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Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

4 years ago July 19, 2010 Jul 19, 2010 Monday, July 19 2010 Monday, July 19, 2010 5:24:44 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak.

Allen says a federal science team held a conference call with BP representatives Sunday night.

He says the scientists got answers they wanted about how BP is monitoring the seabed in case any new leaks erupt from the capped well.

Allen had written BP the day before to say a seep had been detected a distance from the well and demanded BP step up monitoring of the seabed.

Allen says he'll only allow the cap to stay on if BP continues meeting its obligations to watch for signs
that it could possibly worsen the situation.

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