The New York Times is reporting that BP's latest attempt to stop the massive oil spill, the so called "Top Kill," has failed. The fate of the worst oil spill in U.S. history is no unknown as BP continues to work on a way to plug the leak. BP is drilling a relief well but it's not expected to be completed until August. The leak, found 1 mile under the sea, now threatens to continue unabated, putting the until Gulf coast in peril. From the New York Times:
Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer for exploration and production, said at a news conference that the engineers would try once again to solve the problem with a containment valve and that it could take four to seven days for the device to be in place.
"After three full days of attempting top kill, we now believe it is time to move on to the next of our options," Mr. Suttles said.
The decision to abandon the top kill technique, the most ambitious effort yet to plug the well, comes as the latest in a series of failures. First, BP failed in efforts to repair the blowout preventer with submarine robots. Then its initial efforts to cap the well with a containment dome failed when it became clogged with a frothy mix of frigid water and gas. Efforts to use a hose to gather escaping oil have managed to catch only a fraction of the total spill.
President Obama issued a statement in which he expressed disappointment in the failure.
"It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole."