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The oil spill: The latest developments

Sunday, July 18, 2010; A08

-- BP's two-day test of the new cap on its blown-out well was extended Saturday for another 24 hours. Officials continue to monitor pressure to assess whether the well is breached somewhere beneath the sea floor. Retired Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, said for the first time that once the test is completed, "we will immediately return to containment," opening the cap and collecting the oil that gushes from the broken wellhead.

-- A supertanker retrofitted to scoop up oil has been ineffective in two weeks of tests in the gulf. The U.S. Coast Guard said the Taiwanese vessel A Whale was too big to maneuver around the smaller patches and ribbons of oil on the water. Smaller, more agile vessels have been more useful in getting at the oil.

-- From news services

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