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BP temporarily halts drilling on relief well

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NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- BP announced a halt on drilling of a relief well expected to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil leak while they test a temporary cap.

Senior Vice President of BP Kent Wells said drilling on the well may be stopped by up to 48 hours.

The relief well was designed as a precautionary measure to plug the underground leak with mud and cement.

The cap currently being tested is a procedure to keep the oil contained or funnel it out to ships until the relief well is completed.

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