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Leak in equipment delays BP's efforts to stop massive oil gusher

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - A leak in a crucial piece of equipment may stall BP's effort to stop the massive oil gusher Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The equipment, called a choke line, started leaking Wednesday, another setback for the beleaguered company in its hope of stopping the disaster. The company will need to fix the leak before it can run the vital tests that could show whether an end to the environmental disaster is finally in sight, the company said.

There was no timetable for when the leak was to be fixed, a company spokesman said early Thursday morning.

And video images of the busted oil well showed a continuous flow of ominous dark oil streaming from the ocean floor.

Even before the new delay, the process had been stalled.

U.S. officials told BP on Tuesday to proceed with an "integrity" test on the well.

But the test was delayed for a day, according to Retired Adm. Thad Allen, who is heading the government's response to the oil spill.

Allen said the officials "sat long and hard about delaying the test" and it was "not easy" to decide to delay. He said they wanted to make sure they're "getting this right" for this "significant event."

Allen added the delay was not prompted by the White House. Read More

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  1. Alyssa Webb

    @Ed Kann

    Your "fact" about less than 1% of rigs being affected is incorrect. I'll email you a photo of shallow water rigs sitting stacked in the Gulf right now because of the moratorium. Or Google Seahawk Drilling and download their rig fleet status. The rigs you see in the COLD STACKED category are not working, the men have been laid off or furloughed. As in NO paycheck.

    Almost 40% of shallow water rigs are out of work right now because the government will not issue them permits – or work with them to help them get compliant. These companies are bending over backwards to meet compliance issues. They drill in less than 500ft of water, their BOP's are located on the rig floor, above the surface, and they have proven safety records. You sir, do not know the facts.

    In addition – the men who worked under my Dad have been DENIED by BP for their claim – so you can't believe everything you hear.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  2. Jim NY

    @Marcos: One...Shouldn't you be getting ready to go out job-hunting instead of being on your computer waiting for the job to come to you. Two...You need to type better English if you want a job that requires communication skills.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  3. Skebo

    I think there has been a leak in BP's efforts or lack thereof.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  4. Ed Kann

    I was deeply disapointed as a viewer of cnn on this mornings interview with the peple on the coast . The interviewee is entitled to her opinion and rant but the interviewer is obligated as a journalist to present the facts in either injecting them or questioning the person . (unless CNN is trying to be Fixed News) Emotions aside the facts are that this administration to its credit required (having learned from the lessons of the treatment of those whom suffered from the exxon valdez) British Petrolium to set aside a 100 million dollar fund for the employee's who will losing income because of the moritorium . Fact 2 is this moritorium effects less than 1% of ALL the riggs in the gulf. You can let the lady rant but as a viewer of CNN I expect some factual injection into the interview process.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  5. Darren Johnson

    I can't believe I waited for 45 minutes for the Tea Party aka KKK vs NAACP to hear one of the only two Blacks in the Tea Party say there is no racism in the Tea kkk Party. You show the many pictures of monkeys and gold chains on monkeys. Go back to Africa signs and many more and he says there on the fringe. Where was someone from the NAACP at to refute these very weak comments the Rev had. What do the people of his congregation have to say about his comments or does he have a congregation? Please do a better job on this subject. PLEASE.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The truth about the tea party and the N.A.A.C.P. is that there wacking up to the fact that Obamas presidency is short coming and going and they know theres not going to be a second term .

    July 15, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  7. Pauly

    Where have you been Marcos? Haven't you heard the GOP state over & over that we don't have the money to help Americans? Not the unemployed, not homeless Vets & their families, not the cash strapped staes or much anyone else. They are concerned about the tax cuts for the mega wealthy however, They even blocked repealing the $35 billion in tax breaks for the oil co's. And they were mad when the President gort BP to agree to the $20 billion fund to pay claims. just who do they represent?

    July 15, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  8. Marcos Garcia- San Diego, CA

    I don't think that those jobs have reached California. Would someone start telling the truth instead of throwing numbers?

    July 15, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  9. Marcos Garcia- San Diego, CA

    I been out of work since may of 2009. "3 million jobs created by the Obama Administration". What type of Jobs are & where can you find them.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  10. Pauly

    Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, did a study that showed 48% of BOP's failed in deep water, 23% failure rate in shallower waters. This is more than enough reason for the moratorium.

    Talk about jobs being affected by a moratorium is rather ridiculous when compared to the jobs lost due to this leak. What would happen if another leak happened before this one is ongoing? How many jobs would be lost then? How many businesses would need to shut down permanently. And what would happen if the oil co that owned that rig said, "we are going to pay up to the $75 million liability cap & not a penny more"?

    July 15, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  11. Larry

    When deep drilling has proven to be safe they can continue drilling.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  12. Marcos Garcia- San Diego, CA

    Has anyone thought what will happen if BP runs out of money to help out the people of Louisiana? I truly think that the Obama administration should get off the fence & start helping its own citizens.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  13. Trisha

    Im so not surprised at that ...they cant do anything RIGHT! if they would have been doing their job RIGHT in the first place then none of this would have been happening! i also agree that know not one person is getting the blame yet.WHY?

    July 15, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  14. Mike Posey

    And the oil gushes.....Even with the BEST efforts of BP, there is no relief in sight.....This only amplifies the TOTAL incompetency of the Company, AND the American Government.....President Obama said, he was "looking for the right asses to kick"? How about starting with Queen Elizabeth, she was just in town, and working your way down? Identification of the enemy seems to be a problem with Mr. Obama....Thus far he hsn't kicked a SINGLE ass.....I'll bet if he let those crazy Cajuns down in the bayous do some "ass kicking" asses would be KICKED.....Mike Posey Lakeside California

    July 15, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  15. Marcos Garcia- San Diego, CA

    It is kind of interesting how lot is being talked about the economy. But what hear about heads of companies cutting back employees. We have a CEO of our country in Mr. Obama that is giving Federal jobs to a inexperienced employee of the DOD. We should recall our CEO of our country because so far he has failed to do his job.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:13 am |
    • Darren Johnson

      You lost your job because of what the Bush Administration did. Direct your anger at the ones responsible. The Republicans are doing everything they can to disrupt getting our country back on track. Wine wine wine and no solutions is the montra for you and the Republicans.

      July 15, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  16. YankeeNovember

    In military parlance, BP is sending an FNG for 50' of flight line.
    "Hurricane Poofing" has to be number 5,000 on the priority list,
    BP has grown to baby teeth.

    Semper Fi

    July 15, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  17. Karen

    I think the politians should lift the moratorium on drilling. How are those who lost their job supposed to take care of their families. The government is already in so much debt, having the families affected collecting unemployment, food stamps, etc are just adding more of a burden to taxpayers. It seems if BP really cared about the people, then they would have someone down there to write put checks to these workers. Those who have lost their jobs should just be able to show their regular paycheck and BP should write them a check on the spot.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  18. Jerry

    Why has BP seemingly not been held accountable by anyone for their continued refusal to test its equipment prior to installation? As a manufacturer of critical equipment, we maintain a rigid quality assurance system that includes complete testing of critical equipment. It would seem that in this case, where accessibility is limited and time is of the hghest priority, a complete battery of tests would have been performed on this top stack prior to its transport to the bottom of the sea and before allowing unrestricted flow of the oil to install it. The leak they now say is present surely would have been discovered on the surface and before the old cap was removed. BP seems to be completely taking advantage of the public's general lack of knowledge in these areas. Any aerospace manufacturer, as well as any manufacturer of oil & gas equipment equipment, is REQUIRED by companies like BP to be completely inspected and guaranteed. They are simply not practicing very basic prudent quality assurance plans.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  19. Shannon

    My heart goes out to the people who are being impacted by the moratorium, especially the woman that was just on the program. But you didn't have anyone in favor of the drilling ban to explain why they think it is necessary. Very unbalanced and I am disappointed.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:51 am |