May 3rd, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Latest Updates: Reports and perspectives on Gulf oil spill

Workers in Louisiana place an oil boom into the water to try and protect the coast line from the massive oil spill.

[Updated at 10:01 p.m.]  BP chief executive Tony Hayward vowed that the oil giant would "absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation" of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. 

"Where legitimate claims are made, we will be good for them," he told NPR's "Morning Edition." 

The U.S. government was leaving little to chance. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that Justice Department employees were in the Gulf region "to ensure that BP is held liable." 

Allen said BP "is the responsible party" and "will bear all the costs" of the cleanup. 

Still, the promises failed to quell the fears. "I hope we can weather the storm," said Keith Delcambre, owner of seafood market Bozo's in Pascagoula, Mississippi 

See a timeline of the oil spill in the Gulf

[Updated at 9:56 p.m.] BP this week is going to attempt an unprecedented engineering feat to try and stop the oil spill, reports CNN's Brian Todd. It involves lowering a four-story metal container onto the leaking pipe to try to suck in the flowing oil. 

[Updated at 9:31 p.m.] CNN.com's Steve Almasy reports that environmental scientists say the effects of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have ecological and biological consequences for years, if not decades. 

[Updated at 1:56 p.m.] The Half Shell Oyster House in Gulfport, Mississippi is making plans to get their oysters, shrimp and fish from elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Staffers tell CNN their local supplier has a plan to fish in areas closer to Texas, but they  still expect seafood prices to go up. However, the staffers say they don't expect much of a tourism decline unless the oil slick actually hits the local beaches. For now, the oil slick has remained offshore. 

A portion of the northern Gulf of Mexico was closed to fishing on Sunday, curtailing the billion-dollar business. 

[Updated at 1:47 p.m.] Florida Governor Charlie Crist told reporters in Tallahassee that he may extend the declaration on Tuesday to Collier and Monroe counties. 

"In the event that the oil does come to our shores, I want us to be ahead of it as much as humanly possible," he said about the spill, which the oil giant BP is responsible for cleaning up. 

Preparations are under way on strategies to stop the leak, though each has drawbacks. 

The initial plan is to lower a dome over the wellhead next week to capture the spewing oil, said state Secretary of Environmental Protection Michael Sole. 

"That would stop the flow, if successful," he said. "Unfortunately, it's never been tried at 5,000 feet below the surface of the water." 

[Updated at 1:06 p.m.] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama White House officials are scheduled to meet with Hayward and BP America President Lamar McKay Monday afternoon to "discuss ongoing, coordinated response efforts and receive an update on BP's mitigation plans for potentially impacted Gulf Coast states," according to an administration official.  

[Updated at 12:37 a.m.] Florida Governor Charlie Crist extended Monday a state of emergency to the coastal counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota due to the offshore oil leak. 

[Updated at 11:19 a.m.] The Justice Department, however, has sent a team to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal prosecutors and response teams, the department has said. 

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that Justice employees are in the Gulf region "to ensure that BP is held liable." 

[Update 10:32 a.m.] The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico comes a month after President Obama announced plans to expand offshore drilling. CNN's Kristi Keck takes a look at how the oil spill could sap appetite for Obama's offshore drilling plans. [Update: 9:19 a.m. ET] BP will "absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation" of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, chief executive Tony Hayward said Monday. 

"There's no doubt about that." 

"It is indeed BP's responsibility to deal with this and we're dealing with it," Hayward told NPR's "Morning Edition." 

And, he added, "where legitimate claims (of damages) are made, we will be good for them," according to NPR's website. 

[Posted at 7:56 a.m ET] The battle against a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being waged on three fronts, United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. 

"One is to cap the well" that is leaking the oil, she said. "Efforts to do that have not succeeded to date." 

Authorities are also trying to keep the slick from reaching land, and preparing to clean it up immediately if it does make landfall, she said on CNN's "American Morning." 

Previous roundups:
– SUNDAY: An eerie stillness along Mississippi coast
SATURDAY: 'This will be catastrophic to the mom and pop businesses' and more stories
FRIDAY: 'People want to get ready for this, but they don't know what to do' and more stories

Read Sunday's roundup of oil spill coverage

soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. ShadowTiger

    Question: What was the cause of the original explosion? I haven't heard more than two words about it since this began, which I find really odd, especially in comparison to the coal mine incident a few weeks ago. Why no uproar about safety, or making sure this doesn't happen on other offshore rigs? Why no discussion about whether or not this could have been terroristic in nature?

    Of course, the spill effects are horrible and important to discuss, I'm just finding it odd that there's practically ZERO discussion/reporting/concern about the cause...

    May 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. louie c

    Im not realy worried about BP, im more worried about the oil spill killing off life in the gulf. we could at least slow it down by using oil eating bacteria.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Troy

    "where legitimate claims (of damages) are made, we will be good for them"

    Translation: We will gladly pay for any legitimate damages once a court forces us to, after a lengthy expensive court battle. 10 years from now we will settle with you for a fraction of what the original decision was because you are bankrupt and can't afford the time and stress of yet another appeal. We will then send our lobbyists to Washington to push for tort reform because frivolous lawsuits like this are destroying America. We will not mention how paltry our original offers were nor will we mention how much we spent on our teams of lawyers to fight small business owners who are now struggling to put food on the table. To cap this wild ride, we will spend millions on an ad campaign to convince the public that we are a responsible corporation who takes care of the little people and provides jobs. Many of those jobs will be for people in the gulf coast who used to proudly work for themselves.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AK

    Drill Baby, Drill !!!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. liberty2010

    the obama administration is not doing enough to assist the company in sealing the hole. of course BP has an excuse now to raise gas prices and believe me they will. Obama needs to wake up and do something about this.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LDopa

    @ Mike B,

    There is no such thing as a "low radiation" nuclear warhead. Such a weapon would contaminiate hundreds of square miles for decades, including coastal areas. Worse yet, a nuclear detonation could vaporize millions of gallons of oil at once, creating an enormoust fuel-air explosion, dramatically increasing the weapon's yield. Sorry, but it's a bad idea.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shaun

    why was the company not prepared for an event like this, just because it has not happened before does not mean it would never happen. Why are other companies not assisting in trying to cap the well. My 5 year old said why don't the try dropping a huge cement block on it until they are figure something else out.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mandy Evans

    Poor people, poor animals!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bearabull

    Will BP also pay for my lost rentals and the rental inquiries that have since stopped coming in?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rush Limbaugh

    The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is.

    Similar to the Forest Service's "Let It Burn" policy, I say "Let it leak"

    May 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bay

    I dont know about this risk of causing more leak, but i think there should be a real inquiry into a small nuclear detonation to stop the oil flow. No one on this site knows the true thermal dynamics and pressures that are released from a small nuclear blast, and this would be uncharted territory. It is really a theory that should be mapped out on a super computer simulation.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben Lonetree

    Sarah say's: DRILL BABY DRILL!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gulfmad

    I just can't believe the lack of urgency to this matter. This is a disaster of monstrous proportions. If it takes 3 months to cap this thing, the entire Gulf and Atlantic will be covered in oil. I'm an Obama supporter, but while this is occurring, he's making jokes at a dinner on a Saturday night. But the media turns a blind eye. Imagine if Bush did such a thing.

    This seriously has a chance to completely ruin the Gulf states from Texas to Florida. I was at the beach in Sanibel Island yesterday and saw 10 dolphins splashing in the wake. I sat there and cried, knowing that in a few weeks all of it will be gone...

    May 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul Crosby

    At This point who cares who will pay. There are some things no amount of money and human resources can fix. What nature creates in millions of years we can distroy in days.

    I am uncertain where else I can live at other than this planet. Why do we always have to look at everthing in terms of money? Are we not intelegent enough as a specie to look beyond that? This plant has only finate resources and with increasing population life is not getting better.

    This issue has much more impact on us all than a war on terror in some far away place.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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