May 25th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Patience runs thin as BP preps untested maneuver

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/25/art.oilspillboot.getty.jpg caption="A BP cleanup crew shovels oil from a beach on May 24, 2010 at Port Fourchon, Louisiana."]

The situation in the Gulf keeps getting worse, and so far, there's no end in sight. Anderson Cooper reports live tonight from the region as BP makes another attempt to stop the leak. Watch "AC360°" tonight at 10 ET on CNN for the latest on stopping the leak.

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) - Oil company BP is expected to discuss Tuesday its next attempt to contain the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico - a maneuver called a "top kill" that it plans to implement the following day.

All previous attempts by the company to cap the spill have failed, and BP CEO Tony Hayward said the top kill maneuver will have a 60 to 70 percent chance of success when it is put in place as early as Wednesday morning.

BP on Wednesday plans to pump thick, viscous fluid twice the density of water into the site of the leak to stop the flow so the well can then be sealed with cement. The top kill procedure has worked on above-ground oil wells in the Middle East, but has never been tested 5,000 feet underwater.

Carol Browner, the assistant to the president on energy and climate change, said Tuesday that she is optimistic about the method.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. frosty

    no one is able to stop it because there is no profit in the technology that would be able to stop it. the only profit is getting the oil flowing – not stopping the flow.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Sylvana Salomoni - Asuncion, Paraguay

    I really cannot believe that this oil is still spilling/leaking in US soil and water! I mean , with all the latest on high tech, outstanding human resources, etc, how come no one is able to stop it?

    May 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  3. msdevine

    After hearing how this event unfolded, I have concluded the responsibility our government has to this disaster is to hold BP accountable for it's lack of adherence to the strictest safety policies. The head of BP overrode the head of the tanker sealing off the well. This makes BP culpable, and FULLY responsible. Their assets should be seized, as would any in a criminal investigation, and held until they have repaired the damage their criminal negligence has done.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am |