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  •  important to understand: (8+ / 0-)

    there is MSM dissonance.

    The LA Times clearly stated that the leak is plugged:

    'Top kill' stops gulf oil leak for now, official says.

    Officials are cautionary but say drilling fluid has blocked oil and gas temporarily. Engineers plan to begin pumping in cement and then will seal the well.

    While Reuters - the foreign media - bears another story:

    (Reuters) - BP (BP.L) is continuing with its "top kill" operation to try to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well but has no immediate update to give on whether it has succeeded, a BP spokesman said on Thursday.

    Spokesman David Nicholas was responding to a Los Angeles Times report that had quoted a U.S. Coast Guard admiral leading the oil spill response as saying the top kill procedure had succeeded in blocking the leak.

    "The top kill operation continues, there are no operational updates," Nicholas told Reuters.

    He could not say when the next progress report would be given but recalled that BP executives had said it could take up to two days to tell whether the top kill operation, which started on Wednesday, had worked.

    The oil spill response unified command, which includes both BP and the Coast Guard, said it could not confirm or deny the Latimes.com report, which cited Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

    BP shares were up more than 5 percent in London trading.

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