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Work on Gulf oil spill picks up again

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Efforts to plug the leaky oil well in the Gulf of Mexico are back on track after work was brought to a halt late last week because of the threat from Tropical Storm Bonnie.

Workers plan to reconnect a drill rig to the relief tunnel that will be used to pump in mud and cement to seal the well. Drilling could resume in the next few days.

Finishing the relief well is the best chance to permanently stop the oil leak. Completion is set for mid-August, but Thad Allen, the government's point man for the spill, says he won't hesitate to bring work to a halt again and order evacuations if there's another storm forecast for the area.

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