BP Well Update: Possible Seep Found, Plan Unclear

After a couple of days of good news from the Gulf, there are rumblings that bad news, and oil, may soon erupt from BP's blown-out well.

The pressure in the well, an indication of how leaky it is, has not reached the levels that officials had hoped for. Given that data, it's not surprising that an anonymous official told The Associated Press that a seep of some sort had, in fact, been found.

With so much uncertainty, now there's serious carping between the Administration and BP over what steps to take next, a problem that The Atlantic Wire summarizes well.

"The federal government and BP are split over how to proceed with the containment cap currently covering the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico," John Hudson wrote. "When BP capped the well Thursday, the government suggested that the cap would be reopened, fearing that gas and oil could leak directly from the seafloor. But on Sunday, BP announced that it sought to keep the well closed until it could be permanently plugged."

Perhaps the best news from the weekend is that crews continue to make progress drilling relief wells that are considered the best hope for permanently stopping the flow of oil into the gulf. They expect to be in position to start that work next month.

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