NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP says a leak has been detected near the top of a new cap designed to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, but it was isolated and being repaired.
The leak was discovered after the oil giant started shutting off valves to test whether the latest fix will stanch the flow for the first time in almost three months. BP says on its Web site the leak was in a line that can funnel oil up to a ship if necessary. It shuts off like a dimmer switch. The other two valves were shut off like a regular light switch.
The cap is a stopgap measure designed to keep the oil in the well or funnel it to ships until the relief well is done. It wasn't immediately clear how the leak repair would affect the timing of the test operation.
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