COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A BP executive says the company has yet to stop the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and is considering other ways to plug the leak.
BP began a risky operation known as a "top kill" on Wednesday. The procedure involves pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well in a bid to stop the oil. It's never been tried in 5,000 feet of water.
BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters Saturday in Port Fourchon that the top kill has not stopped the flow of oil and he doesn't know whether it will succeed. He says the company is already preparing its next option to cap the well.
The oil spill began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded last month, killing 11 people. It's the worst spill in U.S. history, dumping between 18 million and 40 million gallons into the Gulf.