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May 25th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Energy official grilled on oil response

(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

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Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John

    The pressure at 5000ft is over 2220psi. Whats the pressure needed to shoot the drilling mud into the blowout preventer (bop) to overcome bottom pressure and the well head pressure forcing the oil up? Too much pressure and you blow up the bop. This procedure was done on surface wells in Kuwait but not on deep wells like this.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  2. Jason

    My opinion: The time for talk and finger pointing is over. The damage is getting worse and worse by the minute. All differences aside. Someone find a way to fix this leak, fix it and then worry about all the legal crap later. What is wrong with these people?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  3. William Cote

    It seems to me that if BP wanted to close the well it would be as simple as placing a explosive charge close to the shaft to collapse the shaft in on itself. But I don't believe that they want to close the well, they are trying to save it, they are looking at resuming operations and exacting more oil in the future. as usual Money trumps common sense.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  4. ken hancock

    Regarding oil blow out,they say the pipe has been creased, then tell me have they thought of 'Waist lining' the pipe,I have not heard it talked about.Just something I had thoughts about.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  5. Jude

    Why are we even bothering with bp at all? They made the mess now is the time to stop doing business with them period and kick them out of the country forever for this terrible thing., Time to send down real sea divers fix the mess stop it and move on never to drill in the oceans anywhere again.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  6. nancy

    What business did BP have drilling deeper then their PERMIT allowed in the first place??

    Come on President Obama ~~ help these folks.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |