WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House spokesman says BP's ruptured oil well is leaking at the top, along with seepage about two miles away. Regardless, the cork is staying in place for now.
Since the announcement was made Monday afternoon, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen has said the leaks are, so far, not a major concern.
Officials are monitoring bubbles that can be seen on an underwater camera about two miles from the well, but Allen said the leak is likely not related to the ruptured well.
Leaks could mean the cap on the well has to be opened to prevent oil and gas from escaping elsewhere. Allen says if there was a quick rise in pressure, they would open the well immediately to keep from creating leaks deep underground.ays if there was a quick rise in pressure, they would open the well immediately to keep from creating leaks deep underground.
The mechanical cap on the well stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.