June 22nd, 2010
04:58 PM ET

Day 64: Latest oil disaster developments

[Updated at 8:42 p.m.] Here are the latest developments on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which unfolded after an explosion aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on April 20:

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

- From midnight to noon Tuesday, BP collected about 8,195 barrels of oil (344,190 gallons) and about 5,045 barrels of oil (211,890 galllons) and 27.2 million cubic feet of natural gas were burned, the company said.

- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement Tuesday that a six-month halt on deepwater drilling is "needed" and "appropriate" after a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the moratorium. "We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," the statement said. "That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

CLEANUP AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

- BP says it will donate the net revenue it receives from the sale of oil recovered from the spill site to the National Fish and Wildlife Federation.

- BP has recovered a 40-foot riser pipe sheared off a few weeks ago in preparation for the placement of a cap. The section is being brought to the surface for forensic analysis, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters Tuesday.

- BP collected a record amount of oil over the previous 24 hours from the gushing underwater well, the company said Tuesday morning - 25,830 barrels, or 1.08 million gallons of oil. The previous record was last Thursday, when 25,290 barrels were collected.

- Of the 25,830 barrels, 10,270 were "flared" aboard the Q4000, a ship that uses a specialized clean-burning system to flare oil and gas captured by a containment system. BP previously estimated the Q4000 would collect between 5,000 and 10,000 barrels a day, so it appears the Q4000 is operating above that capacity.

- Government estimates say up to 2.5 million gallons of oil could be flowing into the Gulf daily.

- Progress continues to be made on the drilling of two relief wells, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday.

- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has expanded fishing closures in the Gulf of Mexico. The closed area now represents 86,985 square miles - approximately 36 percent of the Gulf's federal waters.

- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has received reports of 143 cases of patients treated for oil spill exposure. Most of those cases - 108 - involved workers on oil rigs or workers involved in cleanup efforts, while 35 were reported by the general public.

- The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is asking BP for a grant of $75 million over three years to mitigate the long-term effects on its tourism industry, the head of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau told CNN.

ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

- Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing BP's $20 billion escrow claims fund, is scheduled to meet with Alabama Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday.

- BP needs to accelerate its claim payment process and provide more transparency to claimants, Feinberg told CNN Monday.

- The cost of the response to the disaster to date is about $2 billion, BP said in a statement Monday. That estimate includes the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs.

POLITICS

- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and newly appointed Bureau of Ocean Energy Director Michael Bromwich will testify Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee regarding reforms to strengthen offshore oil and gas oversight and enforcement. Bromwich was sworn in as head of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement - formerly Minerals Management Service - on Monday.

- A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying such a ban "cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region, and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country."

- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the government would immediately appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, were among those asking the Obama administration not to appeal the ruling.

- "I'm going to strongly urge the administration not to appeal this ruling, but to try to find a way forward that would achieve the president's goals for safety and responsibility, but at the same time would not jeopardize and threaten a very vibrant and necessary industry for decades," Landrieu told reporters during a conference call.

- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday that the judge's decision "is good for the nation."

- Iran would consider helping the United States with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico if asked, according to a report from the Iranian Labour News Agency, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

- Standing in for BP CEO Tony Hayward at the World National Oil Companies Congress in London, England, BP Chief of Staff Steve Westwell said the past few weeks have been "extremely difficult for BP."

- Protesters briefly disrupted the London oil conference Tuesday. Just before Westwell's speech, a woman got on stage and started shouting. Security quickly removed her. The woman was Greenpeace campaigner Emma Gibson, who told the crowd that "because BP is incapable of telling you the truth, I'm going to tell you what you need to know."

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Joan

    Looks more like a volcano than an oil spill

    June 22, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      I wouldn’t say that to the people living in the affected areas. It’s very much an oil spill.

      June 22, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      .
      .
      .
      .
      now all the Press seem less interested to talk about this problem... the oil spill's news are no longer in the Google News main page... BP (as always) doesn't listen nor answer to anyone... and, at 100,000 barrels per day, the BP wellhead will gush over 250,000,000 gallons in the next TWO months, until BP will finish the drilling of the relief wells that (if lucky) "should" solve the problem within mid-august... personally, I'm thinking to stop to update my article with further new ideas (that I have) to solve the oil spill issue and to "wash" the ocean and the shores (without toxic dispersants) since it's completely useless to talk (and suggest the right things) if no one (not BP nor the Press) listen you... :[
      .
      however, my past ideas are here: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
      .
      .
      .
      .

      June 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

      Zero science (CHECK)
      Zero math (CHECK)
      Zero calculations (CHECK)
      Zero facts (CHECK)
      Zero research (CHECK)
      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
      No education (CHECK)
      Poor English (CHECK)
      Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
      Ugly website (CHECK)
      Spam (CHECK)
      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Ejiofor

      The Gulf of mexico oil spill has for 65 days nw defied all American scientific assenal and ingenuity.It is a man made conflict with mother nature like HIV DEFYING ALL HUMAN MENTAL A

      The continuing oil gush in the gulf of Mexico is man made like HIV..It has for 65 days now defied and questioned American scientific ingenuity.This like HIV is man induced abuse of mother nature.There is no human solution insight and all i can say is America should pray for our brothers and sisters that have and are to become victims of human visciouness in a world driven mad with materialism over humanism.

      June 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      It took many years for BP officials to get a degree....its amazing how the brain can't allow the mind to create a block for this oil spill. Hey maybe the BP CEO needs another vacation to think about his plan! damn go to tahiti boss maybe some tequillas will help ya out!

      June 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      @qwerasdfBP
      .
      after 64 days, the oil spill problem isn't fixed yet, because BP spends more money for TV-spots, yacht sailing and its ARMY of PR-guys (that post on all forums and blogs of the world to insult the people that write critics against BP) instead ofn spend that money to (simply) CLOSE THE HOLE
      .
      and, after all, there is no need that I explain this nor answer to those that post insults against me, because, clearly, after the giant BP disaster in the Gulf, WHO in the world might have the desire and the courage to "defend" BP if not (ONLY) a BP official or a BP employee or a PR-guy PAID by BP ?????????????????????
      .
      .
      .

      June 23, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Objective

    For that past 60 years, the good people of Louisiana and other Gulf states have elected people who pushed for deregulation of big oil. Now that the chickens are coming home to roost, they expect the rest of the country to bail them out.
    DEAL WITH IT.
    BTW, increasing domestic oil production doesn't decrease our dependence on foreign oil. It's a commodity sold on the world market. The ONLY thing that decreases our dependence on foreign oil is a decrease of our dependence on oil.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony Ejiofor

      Since this oil disaster i have not seen nor heard from political advocates of drill baby drill like Sarah Palin and John Mcain.It s time for reason to prevail over political demagoguery in America.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg Hamby

    CNN's coverage of the oil spill needs more facts and less interviews . today admiral Akllen was detailing the plan in his briefing, CNN cut away from that and went a previously released interview with an oil service contractor. who by the way was just offering speculation about the moratorium.
    CNN has yet to show the true extent of oiled shorline. This info should be shown and updated at least every 24 hours. How about some facts instead of file close ups of oil on an unidentified shorline oe speculation by non experts.
    CNN has become more of a rumor mill than a news organization.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joan

    I'm not saying that there's not oil spilling from the bottom of the gulf but it sure looks like an underwater volcano. I believe BP drilled into a mud volcano on the floor of the gulf releasing volcanic material including oil. This will be impossible to stop. The relief wells won't be the answer. It will continue to spew oil and mud until the pressures are equalized. Look at the video...more than oil there.

    June 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatOneDude

      What you are seeing mixed with the oil are bubbles of Natural Gas, which is causing the heavy oil to be propelled from the wellhead at a high velocity. These are naturally occurring gas deposits, inside the oil deposits. Try to think of deep sea oil deposits as aerosol cans, and you can get the picture of what i'm trying to say there.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      also note, that gases at the depth of 5,000 feet are under 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch) and one for example, methane, is solidified at that pressure. Methane while not under 5,000 psi is translucent and in its gas form. while solidified you will see it, that's why it looks like there is more than just oil coming out.

      June 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gary Fox

    Missing Coast Guard & EPA Approved Oil Skimmers Found!
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29YvrS35S3s&w=640&h=360]

    June 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dilandog

    What's the point? Cleaning the Gulf's turtles and birds and putting them back to oily Gulf. Who's gonna save Gulf's people?

    June 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. qwerasdf

    In before the guy who spams his pathetic site:

    Zero science (CHECK)
    Zero math (CHECK)
    Zero calculations (CHECK)
    Zero facts (CHECK)
    Zero research (CHECK)
    5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
    No education (CHECK)
    Poor English (CHECK)
    Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
    Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
    Ugly website (CHECK)
    Spam (CHECK)
    Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

    June 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dilandog

      @qwerasdf
      Are you talking to me? It's not my site check this out: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/energyrevolution/

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mckorckle

    Take Iran's help! It's great to see that a country like Iran is willing to help the U.S. Put politics aside and let the people come together to fix this "gusher" for the people. When will people realize that in order to save the world, we need to be 1 world and not a group of conflicting countries... Who knows, there might be a genious in Iraq who could have stopped this weeks ago, or in this case... Iran.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. La Ti Da

    I think I am becoming numb to to this....up until very recently I followed every bit of news and info on it. Watched the live feed until it started not to bother me. This event troubled me tremendously. Now I just look at the headline and think...OK it's still flowing....sad, but true.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mannymoto

    Calling this disaster a "spill" is a misnomer. A spill is something that is limited, as in "a glass of spilled milk." You clean up what you spilled and you move on. This thing is not a "spill". A more appropriate name should be "The Well From Hell."

    June 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr. Anthony Hayward

    Mannymoto deese weel about as close to hell as I can be. I can not race even my very impurtan yot without you gais being mad at me. I cry big oyl crokodyle teers becaz congress so meen to me and now you morons want to dreel baby dreel. Wut if we has another weel like dees won dat blowed up a few galloons of oyl? You peepl in south ar soo stranj becaz you all ways not yusing yer heds to tink! We has more oil in that gulf by mexican countree than anywon can count but you want more dreelers to make moore wholes in ground? Wut are you tinking? You worry about economy but you make my compuny pay all your beels while we can't kleen up speel! I tink I weel travel to Russia and seel some extra stuff that BP ownes so we can give more muney to u greedy ammereecans! You gais are making my kurly hair kurl evan MOOOORRRREEEE!!!! GAWD!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mannymoto

    Dr. Anthony Hayward: Wy donot ju teel dat to dee greedy republicants who ar dee wons dat want to dreel baybee dreel? Dey donot no wat dee cawse of dee fire an dee giant weel to fall into dee golf of metzico. Dey donot no how to estop dee leek we have now and dey want to dreel some mor? Eet ees estupid!

    June 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Hoffman

      Is this comedy response ??

      Are you retarded?

      October 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dr. Anthony Hayward

    Mannymoto may right he be yes. But BeePee board of director who make my paychex say my salery go down this yea beeg time! Dis not be gud cause I must install now 4th waterfalll in my bathroom at my nice howse! I might no pay for eet, because BeePee is poor now? Maybe I will file claim to get payed from BeePee cause I wunt have anee muney!!
    .
    Anyway on a note of moore sereeousness, I must rememba tew send Gov. Jindal and dat funky judge who tink he can challanj beg bad Barrak Obamar a nice fruitbasket for christmas dis year. They make eet so I can seel gas to you for discount prices and make my celery go up big time yes!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Captain D

    I'm tired of hearing about and reading about the oil spill. It's old news. It's going to destroy the marshes and ruin the beaches and destroy property values. Big deal. Who cares? All the people being negatively affected voted for McCain/Palin and their "Drill, Baby Drill" nonsense so they are getting what they asked for. BP is providing them with all the oil they could ever want and they aren't even charging them a dime for it. So, what's all the fuss about? They should be happy as I'm happy. I'm happy the black crude is washing up on their shores so they can go out and swim in all that black gold that they love so very much.

    June 26, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. K. Black

    This oil spill has completely devastated our pristine beaches on our gulf coast, the leak is still gushing thousands of barrels of oil a day, and our leadership, both at the national and local governments, and the big business of our nation will not be able to fix this problem any time soon. Not one person is seriously discussing a radical change in the way we think about transportation and our environment but is content with repairing a damaged system, allowing the powerful to get away with the most scandalous event in recent history. Our congressmen are lobbied in every which way, and do not represent us. Our president was elected for popularity, not for his ability to take leadership of this broken system. A government can not rule an unwilling citizenship, but we are all too willing it seems.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |