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. Mark

    Really sorry guys, spoke too soon. Reuters is now confirming the interview but BP is saying that the flow of oil is unchanged.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN0322568420100503?rpc=44

    May 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. smartieman

    " just nuke it", amazing how common this suggestion is.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Q

    BP should hire the Iraqi information minister (Baghdad Bob) to handle their reports to the press.

    "The well has been clamped shut. Nothing to see here. There is no oil in the water, the water is just that way naturally. The water will be a little extra slippery, so please be careful and enjoy."

    May 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Painteri-10

    I am getting fairly upset watching all of the finger pointing. I don't care who is taking responsibility right now. All that I care about is that someone gets their act together and makes some real decisions. Clamp off that dam pipe. A hydraulic press could just squeeze this thing shut much like pinching off a water hose. Are they more worried about the well than the potential impact on the environment, coastal lively hoods, and wild life. I am a Louisiana born mechanical engineer, and I have a few ideas on what to do. I just don’t believe it when they say that they are trying everything. I am getting sick to my stomach watching this unfold.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Red McCoy

    What if we launched a cruise missile into the well, would that jam it up? Or an ICBM type. Are they waterproof? I know the cruise missiles sometimes come out of submarines, so they are probably the best choice.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karma Pundit

    If, with all the technology, we are unable to plug a leak, that means there is not much of a technology anyways. It also shows that while lot has been invested in the technology to drill, not much has gone into the technology to plug a leak or contain a spill. one would expect that just a blow-out-preventer malfunction should not be enough to cause a catastrophe of this proportions. It just proves we never learn our lesson – not from Exxon Valdez, not from nothing. We just move on and wait for the next catastrophe.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Red McCoy

    or how about a couple of torpedoes?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gulfmad

    I agree #79. How is it possible that they can't come up with some solution to clamp a pipe or something? They have all of the knowledge and technology to suck up the oil, so they should have the knowledge to know how to stop it. It seems like the best interests of the well is what they are most concerned about.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary Mortellaro

    why hasn't anyone created a huge shop vac to suck up the oil?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leo

    Cada nação colhe aquilo que planta!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snacula

    There is enough oil underground in North Dakota, but the gov won't have that. Our gov wants off shore drilling spills to create jobs. #74, Obama has not made any pledge. Pledging is hard to do when you have never placed your hand over your heart. Our gov would've been better off if they'd pursue alternate methods of transportation with all of the money that they used to build the oil rig to begin with. Look at Obama– first, lets drill offshore; then, that's not do that. Katrina victims still are homeless. Those are US folks. US GOV does whatever is going to make them the most money– for there own selves, not for the taxpaying citizens. We are the governments slaves, and they are the slave drivers. We have no say-so in anything in US. And to think they want me to take time to fill out their stupid concensus forms for free. Once they get their head out of their donkey, maybe this stuff will change. Poor animals, poor ocean, poor us. Rich governrnent who pursues nothing that the citizens deserve; not even the death penalty for 7X convicted child molesters. They are ignorant in the highest forms.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cynthia Lee Talty

    As we await the effect of the oil spill off of Louisiana we have heard calls for volunteers to be prepared to assist in protecting our beaches and treating wildlife impacted by the spill. While we do not wish to inhibit the volunteerism of Walton County it seems to us to misplace the responsibility for the disaster. BP is responsible and not the citizens of Walton County. To place the task of recovery on non-paid volunteers is to remove from BP its legal requirement to mitigate the effects of the spill. We have seen in press release the call for workers in Pensacola to go to Louisiana and assist in recovery efforts there but no such call for employment here in Walton County. Since this has the potential to decimate any economic recovery in the area it seems prudent to us that Walton County and the State of Florida should make every effort to secure jobs, especially for those who will lose theirs to the effects of the spill. We are not trying in any way to suggest that people should not volunteer; it is the bedrock of our community. We only suggest that BP be held accountable and that our government seek ways to lessen the effects of this disaster on the economy. Asking people to volunteer who have lost their means of making a living in an effort to reduce the cost to those responsible is wrong. Fishermen, the tourism industry, and virtually every other business in the area will be affected by this disaster. It is essential to clean the beaches and protect the environment if anyone is going to visit here. BP needs to pay for cleaning up this mess and who better to pay to clean it up then the people who have lost their livelihoods and are now affected by it.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert the Robot

    Don't worry. Jesus will come and get it fixed! LOL!

    May 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim Baker

    Every now and then the ocean needs a good oiling. It's like a forest fire to knock everything down, so that the growth cycle can start anew. It's really a beautiful thing if you think about it.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GW Bush

    Pshaw. A little Texas Tea never hurt nuthin'

    May 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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