NEW ORLEANS - The federal government's point man for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says
he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its damaged well for another 24
hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for
signs of a new leak.
In a statement issued Monday, retired Coast
Guard Adm. Thad Allen says a federal science team held a conference call
with BP representatives Sunday night. He says the scientists got
answers they wanted about how BP is monitoring the seabed in case any
new leaks erupt from the capped well.
Allen had written BP the day
before to say a seep had been detected a distance from the well and
demanded BP step up monitoring of the seabed.
Allen says in his
Monday statement he'll only allow the cap to stay on if BP continues
meeting its obligations to watch for signs that it could possibly worsen