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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One of Three Leaks Capped - First Good News!

BP Plc has stopped one of three oil leaks from its well in the Gulf of Mexico, advancing efforts to end a spill after a drilling rig sank last month, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Crews successfully closed a valve installed yesterday, stopping leakage near the well head, Petty Officer Brandon Blackwell said today in a telephone interview. There is no change in the official estimate that the well is leaking 5,000 barrels of oil a day, he said.

BP is planning to have an underwater containment structure on the well working within five days that would capture oil from the largest leak and pump it to a ship on the surface, Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of exploration and production for the London-based company, said at a press conference yesterday in Robert, Louisiana.

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