The US government has decided to open the well and channel oil to ships on the surface, while extending tests of the well for another 24 hrs.
BP capped the flow of oil on Thursday and started testing the well for gradual increases in pressure. So far, there has been no evidence of hidden leaks, said Kent Wells, BP’s senior VP for exploration and production.
Thad Allen, the US Incident Commander, ordered BP to do some more monitoring, including more seismic mapping to determine if oil is leaking from the seafloor.
“The test has provided us with valuable information which will inform the procedure to kill the well and a better understanding of options for temporary shut in during a hurricane,” Allen said.