Since BP placed the new tighter cap on the ruptured well, although the heavy flow of oil has been stopped, the highest pressure from the well never reached the full extent expected, indicating there might be a small leak somewhere.
Their scientists and technicians have been monitoring the cap and on Sunday, they discovered small amounts of oil and gas coming from the cap. The fear had been that the well itself might spring a new leak and possibly one which could rupture the sea floor, making the disaster extremely worse.
The federal observers and authorities have stated however, that they do not believe the present leaks to be consequential at this time. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has said that BP has the ok to leave the cap on and run additional studies for another 24 hours
There have been concerns over the fact that not enough pressure is being registered from the well, which could be caused by different things. One is a crack in the well further down, and another is that the huge reservoir of oil in which they are tapped into, is dwindling and pressure is less as a consequence.
It was found that a small seepage was found coming from the seafloor about two miles from the well but authorities say it has nothing to do with the rupture or explosion of this well. It is a well known fact that oil and gas seepages occur in many small fissures of the gulf seafloor. The present leakage of this new cap is likened to one of those as being insignificant.
There are differing opinions as to just what is the best step now to take. Admiral Allen prefers that the cap be fitted to pipe oil to surface tankers which would relieve some of the pressure now on it. This view makes sense, however, there are cons as well as pros to consider. BP favors simply allowing it to remain intact while the drilling of the relief wells continue. They have good reason.
To equip and fit the present cap stand for attaching pipes to bring oil to the surface will require releasing of the flow of oil for a few days while that is being accomplished. That means sending millions more gallons of oil into the already inundated gulf waters.
One report states that the first relief well is proceeding and they may be able to begin blasting in mud and cement to permanently seal the damaged well as early as next week. Others say it may be several weeks yet.
BP says their costs for dealing with the spill has now reached $4 billion. They have had 116,000 claims for damages and so far have made more than 67,000 payments amounting to $207 million towards them.
The best news is, it now appears things might be resolved within the next few weeks. A point everyone desires to reach.