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Jul 28, 2010 8:15 AM

Crews take step toward readying permanent well fix

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Crews have taken another step toward readying the relief well expected to finally kill the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher.

Federal officials said Wednesday they've removed the plug they had popped in before clearing the area ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie last week.

They also say a temporary cap on the busted well is holding firm and there is very little oil sheen on the water's surface 100 days after the rig explosion that triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says during a news conference in New Orleans that officials are taking every precaution as they move toward a permanent fix.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased and operated by BP exploded and caught fire on April 20, killing 11 workers.

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