British Petroleum is moving onto its seventh plan to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after the "top kill" operation of pumping mud, cement and debris into the well proved a failure.
This week BP will make a new attempt to cap and siphon the spewing oil.
The plan involves cutting off a damaged pipe, then attaching a containment valve. Even more oil is expected to spew out during the underwater operation.
"We're now going to move into a situation where they're going to attempt to control the oil that's coming out, move it to a vessel, take it onshore," White House energy advisor Carol Browner told NBC's "Meet the Press."
"Obviously that's not the preferred scenario," Browner said. "We always knew that the relief well was the permanent way to close this.… Now we move to the third option, which is to contain it."
Plans are also being made to drill relief wells. But those aren't expected to be ready until August.
"I was just sitting here thinking our way of life is over. It's the end, the apocalypse," said fisherman Tom Young of Plaquemines Parish on the coast. "And no one outside of these few parishes really cares. They say they do, but they don't do nothing but talk. Where's the action? Where's the person who says these are real people, real people with families and they are hurting?"