The installation of a new cap for the Macondo went "extremely well" yesterday, BP told the New York Times. Now, the device will receive a series of integrity tests that could last from a few hours to two days.
What should you be watching for? BP wants to see high-pressure steadily build up under the cap. If they don't, "BP engineers and government scientists will have compelling evidence
that the well is damaged somewhere below the gulf floor, and oil and gas
are leaking into the rock formation," writes the Washington Post's Joel Achenbach
. That would mean that the flow of oil wouldn't be stanched until the completion of relief wells next month.
"Everybody hope and pray that we see high pressures here," BP senior
vice president Kent Wells reportedly said in a Tuesday morning conference call.