(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.
Carol Browner, the assistant to the president on energy and climate change, said Tuesday that she is optimistic about the method.
"We want this to work and will do everything in our power to make sure it works," the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator said. "We need the BP technology - they know how to operate the little robots, how to operate the vessels. But we're not relying on them."
Browner said the federal government will have its own experts analyze and evaluate the top kill procedure.
"We want this thing shut down," she said. Read more