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. capexcitemnt

    god needs to take responsibility. and make it stop!! god dam it

    May 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. capexcitemnt

    use divers to plug the leak

    May 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah Palin

    I lament this tragic loss of oil. Think of all the gasoline it could have made.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Annon

    Yup we are screwed!

    May 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank B

    Another news service just posted a picture of a yacht near the BP rig just before it exploded.If you zoom in you can see three people with their fingers in their ears– AL Gore Bill Mahr and Barbara Streisand. No joke- look closely!! Makes more sense that the lame conspiracy theories about the Twin Towers

    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stephen

    You got to drill, baby drill, to kill, baby kill...

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_H6e6shloU&w=640&h=360]

    May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rain of Fire

    In 2 months time the oil spill will continue... the hurricane season will begin... those winds will pick up oil from the sea and throw it all over the South. Now if you add fire to it there you go with the fire rain.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    These comments are amazing...if it isn't about blame, its how to fix it. I'm sure the solution is as easy as all you arm-chair engineers claim it to be. Unbelievable that you actually submit this stuff. God help our country full of morons.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah Palin

    I hope BP charges Louisiana and Alabama for all this oil they are taking! No free ride, you betcha. I don't know much about Louisiana because I can't see it from my back porch, but I bet it looks pretty good drenched in black gold.

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

    Why hasn't anyone called Chuck Norris yet? His roundhouse kick to the pipe would clamp it shut, even a mile underwater.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. worker

    I wonder where the people who want to go volunteer, or be hired to help should look. to see where yhey could stay or be hired.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike from Aussie

    I can't help but feel the photo on this article of two blokes in a dinghy looks like the most futile effort against this monster oil disaster. I really hope something can be done soon to stop the flow. This is just horrible for the coastal communities, wildlife and the planet!

    May 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frog Prince

    Money Money Money Money Money makes the world go round the World go round the World go round the World go round...........

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. IAgree

    @Sam #113

    CNN comments are examples of some of the most awful, misinformed, biased, pretentious tripe and rhetoric I've ever seen – second only to YouTube.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ima Realist

    It's interesting to read all these!! I am surprised that no one has mentioned boycotting BP until the problem is solved? These may not be the real solution, but I can remember many years ago when people stuck together and voiced their public outcry things would happen. If we (that's ALL of us) bar any kind of political paritisan bullcrap would come together in a UNITED and organized sense, I truly believe that we would see massive changes in the way things work. All we do is sit around and talk, complain, and aline ourselves with some type of political or religious connection to feed each individuals ego by this association. Come on people, this is not about who did it, whos right, whos wrong, etc.,etc, ETC. THis is about our world and our effect on it. We have managed to do so-o- much irreversible damage to ourselves and our enviroment, yet we continue to do so! This totally mystifies me as to how we as humans claim to be a SUPERIOR species without regard to any other living thing. When is this going to stop??? How may times do we have to be humbled and take a closer look at what we are REALLY doing and what the outcome will be when its' done? Quit using so much energy. Force car manufacturers to produce considerably more efficent vehicles by not buying the ones their making! Force gasoline and oil prices down by not using as much. This is a very basic economics concept that we seem to forget on a continual basis. I am open for comments on this if anyone chooses. Can a suggest taking a long hard look at your lifestyle to see where you can take action on some of these issues? You might be surprised what would happen if we would all come together through our pocketbooks.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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