Published: Jun 03, 2010 4:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2010 12:31 PM EDT

METARIE, La. - The Coast Guard has announced that the cap that will be used to contain the Gulf oil spill will be lowered "in next couple of hours."

Around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said that BP had successfully sliced off a pipe in an effort to contain the Gulf oil, but the cut is irregular and placing a cap over the spill will be more challenging. The Coast Guard says they're unsure as to exactly why the diamond-tipped saw failed.

This is BP's latest attempt to contain the oil. The best chance to plug the leak is still two months away.

WINK News will bring you additional details on the containment effort as soon as they become available.

White House: Obama to return to Gulf Coast Friday

The White House says President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana Gulf Coast Friday to assess the latest efforts to counter the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

This will be Obama's third trip to the region since the April 20 accident that started the spewing of oil in the area, and it's his second visit in a week.

The incident is now considered the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The White House says more details on Friday's trip will be released later in the day.