BP to start testing new cap on Gulf oil well

Testing of a new, tighter cap on the Gulfgusher begins today to see if the device can stop the spewingcrude.BP plans to gradually shut the valves to see if the oil stops orif it starts leaking from another part of the well.BP robots finished attaching the cap yesterday, raising hopesthat the crude could be kept from polluting the water any furtherfor the first time in nearly three months.The capping project is just a temporary fix, but it's the oilgiant's best hope for containing the spill until a pair of reliefwells are finished next month.The cap will be tested and monitored for six to 48 hours to seeif it can withstand pressure from oil and gas.One expert says BP doesn't want the flow of oil to stopinstantaneously, because shutting it down too quickly could causeanother explosion.

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