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BP extends capped oil well test

Testing of BP's newly-capped Gulf of Mexico oil well has been extended for a further 24 hours.

The US official in charge of the spill clean-up, Admiral Thad Allen, said the "integrity test" would not stop until Sunday afternoon.

The new cap has managed to stop the flow of oil for the first time since the well exploded three months ago.

Laura Trevelyan reports.

  • 18 Jul 2010