BP Begins Testing of New, Tighter-Fitting Cap

BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and began testing the new, tighter-fitting cap today that could finally choke off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We sat long and hard about delaying the tests," said the Coast Guard's Thad Allen. He said that the pause was necessary in the interest of the public, the environment, and safety, and that officials were convinced the test could go forward.

BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and started trying to slowly choke off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, in the hope of finally stopping the leak.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the disaster, said the government gave the go-ahead after carefully reviewing the risks of the procedure. The plan is a test of whether a new temporary well cap can withstand the pressure and ultimately contain the oil.