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Gulf oil well integrity 'not threatened'

Anomalies have been detected close to BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, but none threaten the integrity of the capped well, officials say.

Three anomalies have been detected close to BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, but none threaten the integrity of the capped well, a senior US official has said.

US Coastguard Admiral Thad Allen said that seepage found several kilometres from the capped well was not related to the operation to staunch the flow of oil.

Testing by BP had also picked up anomalies a few hundred meters from the well, and showed there was "some leakage in the capping stack", but this was not thought to be "consequential at this time", Mr Allen added.