1. Shut off the leak at the well head: Responders are still trying to figure out new ways to use remotely operated vehicles to try to trigger the blowout preventer. That will go on as the next steps continue.
2. Drill relief wells: BP aims to drill two relief wells a half-mile from the leaking well to stop the flow. That is expected to take 60 to 90 days.
3. Contain oil in underwater chambers: Until the relief wells are working, BP plans to lower three massive containers to the sea floor to catch oil from the open well.The oil would be funneled to the surface through a series of pipes and carted away. This has never been tried in water this deep. The chambers are built, but it will take two to four weeks to fabricate the piping necessary to connect them to the surface.