NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Obama administration's spill chief says leaking oil and gas from BP's broken well is no cause for alarm, so the cap remains in place for now.
The well was leaking again Monday for the first time since the company capped it last week. Engineers have been watching underwater cameras and monitoring pressure and seismic readings to see whether the well would hold or spring a new leak.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says small amounts of oil and gas started coming from the cap late Sunday. But he said Monday that BP could keep the cap closed at least another 24 hours, as long as the company remained alert for leaks.
BP and the government had been at odds over the company's desire to simply leave the cap in place until a relief well being drilled deep underground can be used to plug up the well permanently.
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