May 2nd, 2010
08:49 AM ET

Roundup: Reports and perspectives on the oil spill

[Update: 4:30 p.m. ET]

CNN All Platform Journalist Patrick Oppmann has this report from Waveland, Mississippi:

There was an eerie stillness to the Mississippi coast as I drove up U.S. 90 on Sunday.

The long stretches of beach were almost entirely vacant, the result of rainy weather and fears that the huge oil slick moving on the Gulf of Mexico will soon foul the coastline.

In Waveland, Mississippi, a single stretch of yellow protective boom could be seen flopping up against the beach as it guarded nothing at all.

A few miles further up the coast were the still-visible scars of Hurricane Katrina.

Outside a chuch under repair from damage caused by the storm nearly five years ago, a hand-painted sign reads: "Katrina didn't beat us."

Locals don't know yet if the oil slick will get the best of them. Gus Harris, the owner of the Cajun Crawfish Shack in Long Beach, Mississippi, is stressed. Almost everything on the menu in his small cinderblock restaurant is locally sourced seafood. Even if the oil slick doesn't decimate shrimp and oyster beds, Harris already is seeing a spike in prices.

He's part of the third generation of his family to live on the Mississippi coast and won't be going anywhere, he said. "I am too mean to quit," Harris said. "If this has to become the Cajun Chicken Shack, so be it."

[Update: 12:52 p.m. ET]

'Apollo 13 effort' under water

Even as officials try to combat and clean up the oil spill in the water and prepare for when it hits land, experts are still trying to fix the problem that started it all. Since the oil rig explosion a week ago, BP says it has been working every possible angle to stop the flow of oil. Bill Salvin, a BP spokesman, tells CNN affiliate WWL that every time they’ve tried to approach the broken valve, they haven’t been able fix the problem. “We know how frustrating that is for people. It’s frustrating for our team, and we’re going to keep on working on this to stop the flow.”

“It’s just an amazing effort, truly an Apollo 13 effort 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean trying to stop this spill.”

See more about the three primary methods under consideration for stopping the leak

John Woods (left) and Keith Delcambre sort live crawfish.

[Update: 11:26 a.m. ET]

Stocking up and taking stock

PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI – There was a steady stream of customers wading in and out of Bozo's Seafood Market & Deli. The family-owned business is a popular hang out and eatery in Pascagoula. Folks lined up with bags of freshly boiled crawfish and stocked up on oysters and shrimp.

Business may be good, but owner Keith Delcambre is worried about the future if the oil slick hits the coast.

"All I know is seafood," he said while sorting crawfish in small workroom behind the kitchen. "I don't know what we'll do if this hits. It feels like a hurricane is coming, but what can you do to stop oil?"

Down the road, instead of trolling for live bait and dealing with a steady stream of customers, CC's Bait Shop owner Charles Williamson watched as trailer after trailer backed up to the public boat slip to unload booms.

Married with four children, Williamson says he worked in the shipyards for 21 years to save up money to see his dream of owning a live bait shop come true. In 2006, he opened CC's Bait Shop, and by the beginning of the year he had restored his great-uncle's shrimp boat.

"This (oil) would put a stake in my heart, it would finish me off," said Williamson, who grew up working on his uncle's shrimp boat during the summers. "This was my dream; I'll probably have to shut this down."

- CNN's All Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye and Photojournalist Mark Biello are reporting along the Gulf Coast, taking a look at how the locals in Mississippi are preparing for oil to come ashore.

[Update: 9:01 a.m. ET]

Silver lining?

Louisiana shrimpers said that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could not have come at a worse time - this weekend is the beginning of the shrimping season. One person sees an opportunity, though.

The Rev. Tyrone Edwards tells CNN affiliate WDSU he wants local fisherman involved in cleaning up BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens their livelihood.  “We know that they'll be out of business from fishing. And this is a good way to employ them. So we see this as being a great employment for fisherman, because we see this thing lasting a long time,” Edwards said.

Guarding Lake Pontchartrain

WDSU also reports that work has begun to guard Lake Pontchartrain from a possible threat from the oil spill.

“Let's mobilize. Let's be ready. I feel so bad for what's going on to our friends in South Louisiana, but I cannot let it get into this Lake Pontchartrain Basin,” said St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis.

[posted 8:49 a.m. ET] - Gulf Coast residents brace for the arrival of a massive oil slick creeping toward shore.

"Now they're saying we are seeing sheens" hitting the coast, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Saturday, citing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "But they expect the heavier oil to be coming by tomorrow and Monday."

Children watch boats spread booms along the Pascagoula River in Gautier, Mississippi.

Prep on Pascagoula River

GAUTIER, MISSISSIPPI –  A number of boats and airboats peppered the waters of the Pascagoula River with bright orange booms to prevent the oil slick from reaching the estuaries.

Aimee Gautier Dugger, owner of  "The Old Place" historic family home, stood on the banks of the river to watch. She lives a short walk away.

"We never believed they'd protect this [river], Mississippi isn't thought of," she said, adding that the Gautier family, who settled in Mississippi in the 1600s and for whom the town is named after.  "Emotionally, economically, all of our beings are being affected. This is a big deal."

CNN's All Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye and Photojournalist Mark Biello are reporting along the Gulf Coast taking a look at how the locals in Mississippi are preparing for oil to come ashore.

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

Filed under: Gulf Coast Oil Spill
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Goverment holding control over the industry. As someone "in the industry", would you rather have control come from the greed of oil companies and the top 2% fatcats? BP fought better safety measures just a couple of years ago? I am not saying i want this Nationalized, but that would be no worse than it being controlled by profit hungry, cost reducing corporations....

    May 3, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. marc

    how does one build a oil rig to go 5000 feet underwater? and we are surprised that there was an accident? so, now, another example of human arrogance and greed destryoying the earth and its inhabitants. so, what if something went wrong? nah, let us not think about it...

    May 3, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lo

    @Pat Are you serious Nationalize the oil industry. Your a scared fool. Go bag to your tea party barbie and ken miss you

    May 3, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. CJ

    Sick of people saying "QUIT DRIVING YOUR CARS, ETC" Have you ever heard about people who came up with other ways of making cars run and their patents were bought off by OIL COMPANIES?
    Our country is owned by bankers and oil now. No one has the power to do anything about this oil spill, we are at their mercy.
    They are so evil they don't even care about everything out there that is DYING right now, in fact they spray more toxins on their heads!
    People in MS are already smelling the stench of this oil, it is poisoning/killing our sealife and our people. WAKE UP!! These people are not nice!! They care about money.
    People that live here on the coast, we love our water and fish and birds and all the animals that make this place our home. Just the thougth of this is killing us. I live in Florida and I just can't handle the thought of what is coming.
    Thanks for doing such a great job Halliburton on sealing the oil pipeline!! But I guess it always pays off in the end for you guys.
    BTW..I am a registered republican before you all go nuts and think I am liberal!
    This is not a democrat/republican thing anymore, they have all been in this together.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MetroEco

      I quit driving a car 40 years ago, realizing that we were poisoning water and air, killing people and animals, depending on hostile nations, and undermining the dollar. Those who can begin this transition will benefit themselves and their country.

      May 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Lewis said "make gasoline $10 a gallon". How utterly ignorant can one be? All that does is make investors in oil companies richer. If you're intention is to curtail drilling then make the price .29 cents. That will get the job done. But, no work for old Lewis. ummmmm

    May 3, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    Hello Jesse, it is already too late for you. Please, if you want the Pres to bomb the oil spill at least tell him to bomb the spill with napalm and not napon. Is napon something like tampon Jesse? Jesse go back and get a remedial redaing course.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Whats took OBAMA so long to react? He had time to shoot a commerical and got to ARZ to support the aliens coming into this country. In the meantime his staff is gathering the oil that spilled and saving it so he can fly AF 1 everywhere else he wants too to embarass this country... IDIOT!

    May 3, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alexamdria Martinez

    (: poor little fishes!! :/

    May 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua Bradley

    Die you infadelic fishes!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob McGuffey

    The USA has to develop alternate cleaner energy sources, to many political deals, lobyist, etcwhile it seems to me this oil spill needs to be fought on at least 3 fronts, the caping of the leaking well, holding the surface oil off the land, and the cloud underneather the water.

    A man is there now with spill experience, Federally approved contractor, with equipment plus an absorbant derivved from citrus peel eco friendly, approved by the EPA, adopted by TVA ( Tennessee Valley Authority) power generation division of the federal government and should be spread now to mask ,absorb the oil and odors. He is on Dalphine Island, Alabama. It will also absorb any oil that does come ashore, if not it decomposes into an very minute 1/100" orange peel and smeels good. This product absorbs 300% of it's weight in oil, safe and smells good..used by other federal agencies..noone is listening to Mike Whitacher or Joe Flood, see fox channel 10 and nbc channel 15 out of Mobile on Dalphine Island

    May 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff


    For instance, BP has lowered pipes from a ship to spread dispersant near the plumes of oil from the leak. Why don't they have additional ships/tankers/vessels with piping that can be extended near the leaks to suck up some of the oil as it is leaving the pipe. This wouldn't collect all the oil like the dome technology is designed to do. But at least it will collect some of the oil, and it will collect the oil at the point of greatest concentration. Perhaps a few hundred thousand gallons of oil could be collected before the domes are lowered in place. Another estimated 1 million gallons of oil will gush out into the Gulf before the domes are lowered. At least collect some of the oil until that time!!!!!

    CNN, please invite experts and technologists to your program to expedite discussions on how to collect as much oil as possible to reduce the magnitude of the damage. You have tremendous power to force these discussions and help solve the problem. Now is the time for the nation news programs to step up and help design a way forward during this time of national tragedy. Simply reporting what BP and the government is doing is gravely underutilizing your power, at a time when the Gulf coast and teh nation needs you to do more. Please use your power to ensure that as many designs as possible are being discussed to reduce the damage!!!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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