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Turns out BP was being overly optimistic again. Here's a 10 PM release:
Following a meeting with Secretary Chu and his team of scientific and industry experts, the National Incident Commander announced that additional analysis of the well testing procedure should be performed before starting the well integrity test.
This analysis will be conducted tonight and into tomorrow. Consequently, the well integrity test did not start today.
Originally posted by rajaten
Whats happening with hurricane/storm season? Are there still potential risks of a storm causing more problems with the oil spill?
Experts have said an unstable area around the well could create bigger problems if the leak continues elsewhere when the cap valves are shut.
It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay the tests. Earlier, the BP vice-president, Kent Wells, said he hadn't yet heard what the results were, but he felt "comfortable that they were good".
Allen met officials from federal energy secretary and the head of the US Geological Survey as well as BP officials and other scientists after the mapping was done.
"As a result of these discussions we decided that the process may benefit from additional analysis," he said. He didn't specify what type of analysis would be done.