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BP Clashes With Government Over Re-Opening Capped Well

BP says they want to permanently cap the well, but the feds want it to be opened again later. It's getting awfully hard to keep track without a sc

BP says they want to permanently cap the well, but the feds want it to be opened again later. It's getting awfully hard to keep track without a scorecard -- one anonymous source tells the Associated Press there's a seep near the well:

Pilloried for nearly three months as it tried repeatedly to stop the leak, BP PLC capped the nearly mile-deep well Thursday and wants to keep it that way. The government's plan, however, is to eventually pipe oil to the surface, which would ease pressure on the fragile well but would require up to three more days of oil spilling into the Gulf.

"No one associated with this whole activity ... wants to see any more oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico," Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, said Sunday. "Right now we don't have a target to return the well to flow."

An administration official familiar with the spill oversight, however, told The Associated Press that a seep and possible methane were found near the busted oil well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

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