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Containment cap placed on BP well -US Coast Guard

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) - BP Plc BP.LBP.N has placed a containment cap atop the damaged undersea well that has been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement on Thursday night.

“The placement of the containment cap is another positive development in BP’s most recent attempt to contain the leak. However, it will be some time before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment,” Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said in the statement, according to CNN.

“Even if successful, this is only a temporary and partial fix and we must continue our aggressive response, operations at the source, on the surface and along the Gulf’s precious coastline,” he added, according to CNN.

Earlier, live television pictures showed the cylindrical device being placed on top of the crippled wellhead assembly as oil and gas continued to billow up.

Reporting by Eric Walsh, editing by Will Dunham

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