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Aug 12, 2010 3:15 AM

Officials testing seal at BP's busted Gulf well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tests are under way to determine whether BP's broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has already been plugged for good.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the spill, says the tests should be finished and analyzed by early Friday.

The tests are checking pressure inside the well. Last month, a temporary cap on the gusher stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf. Mud and cement that was pumped in from above after the cap was attached may have effectively sealed the well for good.

If so, Allen says there's no need to continue work on plugging the well from below.

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