If the top kill fails, BP would cut off the damaged riser from which the oil is leaking and cap it with a containment valve that's already resting on the seafloor. BP is already preparing for that operation, Suttles said.
It's becoming increasingly clear that this oil will continue to gush until the relief well is finished.
Yesterday on MSNBC, which has a penchant for hosting lobbyists on their various shows for some reason, the senior economic adviser for the American Petroleum Institute, Rayola Dougher, scoffed at such an idea -- basically suggesting preemptive relief wells were out of the question.
She said, "That would be -- that would really make it unviable [sic]. I couldn't even imagine such a suggestion."
Adding... I just can't stop thinking about this: