Gulf oil keeps flowing while new cap is analyzed - - Jackson, MS

Gulf oil keeps flowing while new cap is analyzed

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP said Wednesday that drilling on relief wells meant to be permanent fix to Gulf leak on hold for up to 48 hours.

The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed.

No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap BP installed on the blown-out well Monday.

In the meantime, oil continued spewing into the Gulf.

The oil giant had been scheduled to start slowly shutting off valves Tuesday on the cap, aiming to stop the flow of oil for the first time in three months.

BP was initially ahead of schedule on its latest effort to plug the leak.

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