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The breaking -- -- continuing coverage from the Gulf of Mexico where there are indications now that the cap.
May be back in place over the gusher there in the gulf.
Our -- series live in New Orleans monitoring late diss -- are we getting any information of any kind from BP on this Jonathan.
No no information whatsoever from BP and immediately before that video was showing what appears to be the new cap.
On top of the well the official incident command released a news release saying that they were planning.
Tests on the cap which would indicate they were assuming it would be in position by.
But no official word from BP confirming that the cap is indeed in place now.
They they had said that they hoped but again to today today.
By the end of this davis' last week they hope by the end of the day they might be able to contain it all using this better fitting cap.
Certainly that was the goal tonight.
That was indeed the goal tonight and it's unclear whether oil is still leaking out of course they're planning on conducting tests over the next.
Six to 48 hours and during those -- it's anticipated that oil will continue.
Leaking out of the well they want to determine how tight definitive they also want to perform tests on the well itself and see how it.
Behaves under pressure of the -- to see -- the cap is capable of temporarily shutting off the well -- there's ever a time that they need to.
-- this dealerships and recovery ships out of the -- such as in a hurricane or just general high seas.
As anybody indicated the specifics of the different between this -- in the previous one.
It is a custom fit the previous cap they were putting it over a jagged pipe when they made that cut.
It was an imperfect -- a very jagged cut and so.
It just couldn't get a tight fit over -- this happen is apparently.
More of a custom fit so once they were able to get it on the well.
It will be.
Almost if not completely tight containing.
All of the oil and bring it up safe -- on the on the surface.
Probably unlikely that they'd be able to use the cap -- shut down the wall for any great length of time perhaps just temporarily.
BP still saying that it's really those two relief wells that -- offer the hope of finally shutting down this leaking well once and for all the.
One of the many countless frustrations of covering this story.
Has been the fact that you just can't get BP to tell you anything.
Do we have any indication whether BP plans to come out with some sort of statement to give us an idea of what the world's going on now.
We assume that eventually they will if -- some sort of statement -- that it will come from the Coast Guard but what we've we've found is sometimes you'll have these.
And and then you'll have to have to wait hours before you get beyond the official come confirmation.
Whereas when -- -- just.
Day to day routine developments it's covered almost in real time on their Twitter page.
I think what we're looking at Jonathan on that we have a split screen up the left hand side of the street.
Is what I believed to be a cap can you see this thing or not.
I'm not able to see it and also I have to rely on your description well the left side appears to be the cap though though I can't I can't confirm that I'm looking at this is like our viewers are and then on the right hand side.
A close up it was our understanding Jonathan.
That they thought they would put this thing in place but as you said.
That there might still be some degree of leaking today and they were hoping that by tomorrow that might be able to know exactly what to do but had have they.
Come together with any long term plans for what is clearly going to be an active hurricane season according the National Hurricane Center.
For exactly how they'll get away from there and get back in the event of bad weather.
Exactly that's why they're going to be conducting these pressure tests on the on the actual well tomorrow what they plan on doing is closing several of the vowels.
On that nuked half.
To see how all the well behaves under pressure they wanna get a good idea of whether it if a hurricane -- to move into the area.
Can we shut the valves on the cap.
And pulled the ships out of the area and leave it there and prevent the oil from spilling into the ships come back several days later after the -- -- down.
And then resume siphoning the oil.
But really the the permanent solution is gonna be plugging the well.
That's not gonna happen until they drill -- -- -- finished drilling at least one of the two.
Relief wells that they're working on BP -- today they anticipate finishing that first relief well at the end of this month and then they can begin the process of company -- pumping heavy drilling mud and cement.
Into the well and sealing it -- they say that process could take a matter of days.
Or even a few weeks VP saying they anticipate that that process will be -- of shutting down the well sometime.
Now what did he -- there in the event of some sort of weather.
Problem like a hurricane or tropical storm or something that they would maybe try to cap this thing fully until the containment vessel can get back what what we don't yet know.
And what that may eventually tell us is whether this well is compromised.
Beneath the floor of the gulf.
The somewhere between mayor -- the spot where the oil reservoir is it has been widely speculated that nobody can say for sure.
Whether there is a compromise in that well and if there is.
That could cause problems long term that have hardly even been considered at least in the public and that has to do with this.
If you were to cap it and the pressure were so great that then there were compromised beneath the ocean's floor.
Did some of that oil would would seep out and that could undermine the entire wealth itself right Jonathan -- me.
They don't like talking about this -- BP but that's one of the possibilities is not.
It's certainly something that they worry about -- not to be trite about it but it's like the garden hose with multiple leaks and you plug one in the NEC the other -- appear.
And that may be one of the things that they they discover tomorrow one of the things they're trying to discover.
Is where that whether the well is compromise another location so.
They're gonna shut down some of the valves on that cap and then see if there are leaks in in other areas of the -- -- they may have a better idea of that tomorrow shot.
Jonathan Serrie live in New Orleans for viewers are just joining us breaking news from the Gulf of Mexico.
This may be the beginning of the containment cap and you would be placed over that gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.
With hopes of containing all of the oil -- if not tonight at least in the very near future the lights down below on the left.
And a close up version on the right we're still waiting for any thing from BP.
Lest we sound like Groundhog Day when we get something new from -- actually there's a pan down now.
And that is down to what we believed to be the rest of the containment cap.
And still no firm indication of whether -- still gushing when we know will take you back there live.
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