BP Abandons 'Top Kill' Oil Containment Strategy

BP will now try anew by cutting the pipe that lies deep underwater and fitting a containment valve over the leak, an effort expected to take four to seven days.

This time, it will be easier to follow progress on the live feed. "We're confident the job will work but obviously we can't guarantee success," Suttles said. The permanent solution of a relief well won't be ready until August.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the failure of BP's latest effort to stop the damaging flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is "as enraging as it is heartbreaking."

Obama commented after BP officials reached the disappointing conclusion that a dayslong effort to stop the flow of oil, known as a "top kill," by packing the well with mud had failed.