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Relief well is expected to be permanent solution to oil spill


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says BP's successful capping of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is "good news."

But he says testing continues to determine whether the temporary cap can stay in place and be used to permanently stop the flow of oil. If not, Obama says the cap and other devices will be used to capture most of the oil, up to 80,000 barrels a day, until a relief well is completed.

The relief well is seen as the permanent solution to the disastrous oil spill.

Obama says government scientists and outside experts met through the night and into Friday morning to analyze the data.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP says oil from its broken well has stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April.

The announcement Thursday came after company officials said all valves had been shut on a new cap over the busted well in an experiment to stop the spill.

Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT.

It was a long-awaited milestone in one of the nation's worst environmental disasters. While not a permanent solution to plug the busted well, the success in capturing the oil spewing out was welcome news.

The crisis began when BP's deepwater rig exploded, killing 11 workers.

The cap is not a permanent fix. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP says oil has stopped leaking into the Gulf for the first time since April.

BP has been slowly dialing down the flow as part of a test on a new cap. Engineers are now monitoring the pressure to see if the busted well holds.

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