Government delays oil leak cap

AP reports:

After a day of delay, BP is again prepared to test a new cap fitted over the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said at a Wednesday news briefing that testing will go ahead after 24 hours of carefully reviewing plans for the test. He said the testing would begin shortly.

The federal government had ordered the testing held up until BP could answer questions about whether the work could further damage the leaking well.

I suppose a mere one day delay is pretty good compared to the government’s record so far. Nevertheless, why not just go ahead with it? Could it really make the problem worse?

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