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Spill success marred by BP, government bickering


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- With a newly installed cap keeping oil from BP's busted well out of the Gulf during a trial run, this weekend offered a chance for the oil company and government to gloat over their success. Instead, the two groups have been disagreeing over what to do next with the undersea machinery holding back the gusher.

Meanwhile a seep that had been detected in the area around the well was causing new concerns.

The apparent disagreement began to sprout Saturday when the government's point man for the spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said the cap bottling up the oil would eventually be hooked up to a pipe to pump the crude to ships. But early the next day, BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said the cap should shut the oil in until relief wells are finished.

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