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New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- The first part of BP's "integrity" test on the new cap on its crippled oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is under way.

Senior Vice President Kent Wells says the middle ram of the three-ram stack on the new cap has closed. That's an initial step in the process of testing pressure in the well. The move follows instructions from the U.S. government to proceed with the integrity test.

It's hoped the tests will show whether the well, which has been spewing oil for 86 days, finally can be contained -- either by closing the new 75-ton capping stack on the well or siphoning off oil to the surface.

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