Oil spill capped for second days as BP awaits test data
Top story: For the first time since April, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico after BP successful placed a new cap over the gushing well yesterday. Engineers will continue to take pressure readings from the cap until at least Saturday. If pressure reading hold, it will be a sign the the pipe underneath is undamaged and the 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil spilling out of the well per day can be captured by surface ships.
Authorities at all levels warned against undue optimism. "It's far from the finish line. ... It's not the time to celebrate," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, warning that the flow of oil could still resume. President Barack Obama welcomed the news as "a positive sign" but warned that "we're still in the testing phase."
The well will not be sealed off entirely until two relief wells can be built, probably in August.
Investigation: The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold hearings into BP's role in Scotland's release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi last year.
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