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May 5, 2010 9:49 AM by Associated Press

Coast Guard: BP caps 1 of 3 leaks at Gulf well

The Coast Guard says BP PLC has managed to cap one of three leaks at a deepwater oil well, but the work is not expected to reduce the overall flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says the work Tuesday night should reduce the number of leak points that need to be fixed on the ocean floor. BP officials have said that fewer leaks will make it easier to drop a containment box on the breach.

The well has been spewing at least 210,000 gallons per day since an April 20 explosion at a rig 50 miles off Louisiana.

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