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Action on the ocean floor

In a flurry of activity that began Saturday, BP engineers successfully placed a new 18-foot-tall cap on the well and plan to shut down its flow of oil for a vital test.

Graphic explaining how BP engineers successfully placed a new 18-foot-tall cap on the well

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Sealing cap installed on gulf oil well
Article | The fate of the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well, and of deep-water oil drilling in general, remained very much unresolved Monday, even as BP engineers finally installed a massive new sealing cap that could potentially enable them to shut down the well permanently.

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