Another plan to stop the oil from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon has failed. The top kill procedure, which would have clogged the oil leak with mud and debris, has failed. BP and the government have decided to move on from the Top Kill procedure to another tactic to try to cap the oil spill.
â€œAfter three full days of attempting top kill, we now believe it is time to move on to the next of our options,â€ Doug Suttles, BPâ€™s chief operating officer for exploration and production said.
The new procedure will once again try to fix the oil spill by placing a containment cap on the end. Shuttles said in a news conference that the new procedure could take 4-7 days to complete.
The top kill failure is only the latest in a series of failures to stop the oil spill. BP has tried to fix its blowout preventer with underwater robots, they have tried to place a large containment dome over the spill, they have tried to siphon the oil out with a big hose (the only solution that had some positive effects) and now the top kill has also failed.
â€œThis approach is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth,â€ President Obama said. â€œThat is why it was not activated until other methods had been exhausted.â€
The president continued, â€œWe will continue to pursue any and all responsible means of stopping this leak until the completion of the two relief wells currently being drilled.â€