U.S. permits BP to proceed with pressure test on capped Gulf well

07/19/2010 | Reuters · New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

BP can proceed with a pressure test on its Gulf of Mexico well for another 24 hours, said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, after it was established that seepage near the well is not associated with the test. Continuing the test "is absolutely the way for us to go forward," said executive Kent Wells. The company is also considering using a "static kill" technique that could permanently stop the flow sooner than expected, he added. The procedure, which involves the injection of "heavy mud" into the well, would push oil and gas back to the bottom.

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