BP decided late Tuesday afternoon to delay “integrity tests” on the new containment cap placed on the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to CNN.
A source told CNN:
“There were some potential complications that might cause a delay — some bad, some in the ‘better to be safe than sorry’ category.”
Early reports had noted that the cap appeared to stop the leak. When the integrity test takes place, it will measure pressure inside the well and is expected to last anywhere from six to 48 hours. The test involves incrementally closing three valves on the new cap, a process that would allow BP to do its pressure measurements.
cameras some 5,000 feet below the surface showed oil gushing from the well’s capping stack, indicating that valves had not been closed to begin the pressure test. Some of the oil, however, is being siphoned. BP said more than 17,000 barrels (714,000 gallons) was collected Tuesday. Scientists estimate that 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1.4 to 2.5 million gallons). CNN has a tracker showing how many barrels per day of oil is being lost, which is over 3.8 million as of right now.
Here is a video of the cap being loaded on courtesy of CNN.com.