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. Rush Limbaugh

    Maybe the birds and fish will like the oil. I say let's wait and see. No need to rush to judgement

    May 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    SO WHAT IF BP PAYS FOR DAMAGES? THE DEATH OF WILDLIFE, FISH AND BIRDS WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BE REPLACED. SHAME ON BP FOR NOT HAVING A PLAN IN PLACE BEFORE THIS HAPPENED AND NOT AFTER!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE OUR GOVERNMENT LETS THEM OPERATE WITHOUT ANY IDEA WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION!!! WELL MAYBE4 I AM NOT SO SURPRISED ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEMSELVES!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gulfmad

    Mark (#57)...Where did you see this report??

    May 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig

    Come on everyone. This was all planned and executed to perfection. The fact that a 3 layer. tested, proven and probably perfected failsafe "failed" can only be the product of direct intervention on someones part. Either some extremest group, some plot by the oil cartels to drive up the costs and thereby the prices paid at the pump, or even by some environmentalist group to stop the futher drilling and production that was just approved a month ago. Folks on the rig tried to actuate the BOP to no avail. Somehow these automated and manual failsafes were disabled at some point. This goes really deep and we will never know who or why. What we will know though is $5-$7 at the pump and that is all that we need to know. The fact that all the livelyhoods and lifestyles on the entire Gulf and potentially the entire Eastern Seaboard could potentially be forever ruined are not the concerns of whomever was behind this. I believe it is all about greed, money and big business to find a way to make us all pay more and more. Remember, those guys can import the finest seafood from other places and our ruined shorlines, estuaties, marshes, oceans and marine life are not thier concern. Wake up people and smell the roses, even though they now have the distince scent of oil.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    @63:

    http://blog.al.com/live/2010/05/bp_official_weve_significantly.html

    Sorry, looks like I was wrong about it being the AP.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salayem

    Any idiot out there still believes that women exposing their body parts dont influence nature?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. odysseus14

    Would it be at all possible to use the submarines to connect very large balloons to the leaking pipe? Allow the balloons to fill, and then remove, tie and replace. Use another submarine to tow the balloons to the surface for pumping into a tanker.

    At least stop the flow of new oil.

    This is so depressing, I've been an environmentalist for many years and this is exactly what we have been warning against for decades.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rush Limbaugh

    This is God's wrath for the murder of Michael Jackson. I'm looking at you, Hollywood.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. El Gordo

    Some people here are saying that the government is not moving fast enough. What do you imagine the government can do? Suppose I asked you to dam up the Ohio River. I want the flow of water in the Ohio river stopped dead in three days. Could you do it? Now let me add that you will be one mile under water.

    I think some of you imagine that Obama has a bunch of buttons on his desk and one of them says, "Red Alert: Oil Spill in Gulf". He pushes that button and a fleet of helicopters carries a gigantic lead bathtub plug over the ocean and drops it, neatly sealing the leak. It doesn't work that way.

    I have a plan that should work. We can get the space shuttle to nudge an asteroid into the right position so that it falls into the Gulf of Mexico. What can go wrong?

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

    Mark, let's hope that CNN can confirm this. I have my fingers crossed.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Charlie Crist

    It's too bad this is crude oil, not olive oil. Because I love shrimp scampi, and if the shrimp came pre-oiled, well that would be pretty cool.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Craig

    Does anyone know what howm much pressure is present there at the wellhead? Is it possible to use the same drilling equipment to force an expandable bit of some sort into the pipe there above the BOP, expand the bit and thereby stop the flow? Seems to me if they can locate the wellhead, that some sort of mechanical structure could be fashioned to shutoff the flow, but I am just a mechanical engineer and don't really know the level of difficulty here at 5,000 feet of ocean depth.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jimmy B

    Nibblin' on sponge cake, watchin' the sun bake, all of those tourists covered with oil
    Strummin' my six-string, on my front porch swing
    Smell those shrimp they're swimming in oil

    May 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. not the ref

    ref your a moron – prez obama has already made a pledge – the guy who wants palins advice – your a moron as well – lets get a solution and keep politics out – idiots

    May 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gulfmad

    Why is only one news source reporting that BP has "significantly restricted flow?"

    May 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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