Concerns rise over seepage, Possible methane at oil spill site - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Concerns rise over seepage, Possible methane at oil spill site

Posted: Updated:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An administration official says testing will continue Monday amid a simmering conflict between the government and BP over the newly capped well in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP has been getting hammered for months and does not want to see more crude boiling out into the Gulf.

The government wants to pipe oil to the surface, which would require up to three more days of oil spilling into the Gulf to relieve pressure.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the administration's spill response chief, says a seep has been detected near the blown out well.

The concern - since pressure readings were lower than expected - was a leak elsewhere which could force officials to reopen the cap to prevent more problems.

An administration official tells The Associated Press that possible methane was found.

The official says Allen decided to extend testing beyond Sunday.

©2010 WLBT. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

Powered by WorldNow