BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – In an interview with WLOX News Sunday afternoon, BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said he was disappointed the top kill method to contain the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico didn't work. "We tried very hard with the top kill," Hayward said. "But it was unable to overpower the pressure coming out of the well. It's obvious that we're all disappointed."
His comments come just a day after BP realized its latest attempt to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had failed.
In a satellite interview from Louisiana, Hayward told WLOX News anchor Krystal Allen his company is moving on to its next plan. That procedure uses a cap to contain the spill. "This next one as you said is to cut off the riser, place a cap over the wellhead, produce the oil and gas to surface, where it will be collected and taken away." Hayward said it could take a week to put the cap into place.
Earlier Sunday, a BP executive said a relief well is the "end point" of efforts to stop the Gulf oil spill - which suggested there was little chance of plugging the leak until the new well is completed in August.
BP managing director Bob Dudley tells ABC's "This Week" that the current attempt to cap the leaking well would at best minimize the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. Dudley says the relief well expected to be ready at the end of August "is certainly the end point on this game."
You can see Hayward's interview later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.
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