The BP oil seep now being witnessed on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, along with conflicting messages from BP and the federal government, spell an uncertain future for the capped well.
It will take months, or possibly years to recover from the Gulf oil spill. But there are signs that people are trying to get life – or at least a small part of it – back to normal.
Oil spill is still stopped, but the pressure readings could indicate that there is a leak of oil and gas at the well bore. A six-hour test will increase the monitoring of the seafloor.
Gulf oil cap appeared to be holding steady Friday morning, almost midway into a white-knuckle waiting period in which engineers watched the pressure gauges for signs of a leak.
The test to determine whether BP can keep the cap closed on its leaking well began Thursday afternoon after an overnight delay. When the test began, no oil was escaping from the well.
BP oil engineers were back to the slow work of trying to choke a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with an untested cap.
Tests beginning Wednesday night will determine whether BP can shut the well entirely. The watchword of the latest effort to stem the Gulf oil spill gusher is patience.
Retired Adm. Thad Allen shut down Tuesday a well-integrity test of the Gulf oil spill geyser. BP had been itching to move forward, but government scientists were worried the test may make the situation worse.
BP uncapped its gushing well Saturday, allowing more oil to escape as the company tries to put on a better cap. But BP has other ways of capturing oil in the Gulf oil spill even without the cap.
A new containment cap could temporarily halt oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP's gambit could dramatically alter the arc of the Gulf oil spill drama. Critics are doubtful.