Published: Aug 04, 2010 8:15 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 05, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well in the next day.

The announcement came Wednesday night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill.

The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships a mile above the sea beginning on Thursday. Earlier, crews were able to force down the oil with mud.

National Incident Commander Thad Allen approved the plan, as long as it doesn't delay the ultimate solution of drilling a relief well that will cut off the leaking well far below the sea floor.