Posted: Aug 2, 2010 2:25 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The government's point man on the Gulf oil
spill says several minor leaks have sprung near the blown-out well.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday that engineers
are working to repair the leaks and that they will not delay the
effort to plug the gusher for good.
He says BP crews plan to test whether the company can proceed
with its "static kill" plan. That involves pumping mud and
perhaps cement down the throat of the mile-deep busted well.
He says the process could take more than two days to complete.
He and BP executives also say it's uncertain how a pair of
relief wells would be used to ultimately kill the oil leak.