The White House has described the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the worst environmental disaster in US history after BP failed to stem the flow of oil into waters off the coast of Louisiana.
After the so-called “Top Kill” technique proved ineffective the energy giant is to try to cap the rogue well, but success is far from certain.
Bob Dudley is BP’s managing director: “The relief well at the end of August is certainly the end point on this game. We failed to wrestle the beast to the ground yesterday. We’re gonna go in and put a cap on it. We’ll be able to produce the fluids and the next step is to make sure that we minimise the oil and pollution going to the Gulf.”
Meanwhile residents in the area are calling on the federal government and BP to do more to save their coast from further oil damage.
It is now more than 40-days since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded leaving 11 workers dead.
To add to fears the coastline faces the most active Atlantic storm season since 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina.