Officials were concerned that the seep could be oil, gas or both escaping due to the pressure of the cap BP installed last week. The US was considering ordering BP to remove the cap and continuing collecting and burning oil.
In a conference call on Monday, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters in discussing the seepage "We do not believe that is associated with this particular ... test or the Macondo well," retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters on a conference call, referring to seepage detected about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the well.
Also, the US has agreed to allow BP permission to extend the pressure test on the capped well for another 24 hours after determining that the seepage is probably not related to the test on the Macondo well.
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