BP kept a lid on its run-away Mancondo well in the Gulf of Mexico July 20, despite four leaks that have developed in and around it since July 14, when BP closed newly-installed shut-off valves on the well. Photo: courtesy of BP Workers at BP's HIVE, or Highly Immersive Visualization Environment, in Houston on July 19, keeping an eye on containment cap on the Mancondo well. BP and the government believe the well retains integrity and have agreed to continue tests in 24-hour increments with the cap in place and valves closed, officials say. The well blew out April 20
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