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Jul 15, 2010 10:56 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

BP ready to test oil well cap

They've fixed a leak -- and now engineers for BP are getting ready to see if a new cap on the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is enough to contain the gusher. The test will involve closing off all three openings in the cap, and then monitoring the pressure.

If the cap works, it will enable BP to stop the oil from gushing into the sea, either by holding all the oil inside the well machinery like a stopper or, if the pressure is too great, channeling some through lines to as many as four collection ships.

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