BP Officially Ditches "Operation Top Hat", Moves to Insertion Tube to Stop Oil Spill

05/14/2010 08:09 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Deepwater Horizon Incident Response Center has just issued an update saying that their plans to use a containment dome to contain the estimated 70,000 barrel-a-day oil leak have been scrapped as the "next course of action."

BP -- the company responsible for the containment of this leak -- is now opting to use an  "insertion tube" that will be pushed into the pipe using a remote controlled vehicle.

The device has been lowered to the ocean floor -- 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico -- and in the next 24 hours BP hopes to have it in place.

Keep your fingers crossed.

Here's the illustration of the operation sent to me by the Incident Center: 


Here is the video of the earlier failed attempt to cap the leak using a 100-ton, 4-story high concrete containment dome: