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. don

    Anyone who has ever fished the gulf knows about oil rigs. They are THE spot to go. little fish gather around the structure. Bigger fish come to eat the little fish. ETC. ETC. Safe drilling is the key. This was a relativly new oil rig. It should have been equiped with safty devices so that an accident did not happen. I still see tar balls on the beach, I guess from the blowout in mexico in the 80's. What happens in the gulf stays in the gulf.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. renato botelho

    Considering unfeasible to close te BOP valve the only way is to stop theflow is to driil a relief well. As is takes a long time the flow shall be collected to a storage ship.
    As we have 3 leaking points 3 containment chambers shall be built urgently. These chambers shall be open in the bottom to not funtion as pressure vessels. They will work with the same pressure inside and outside, as a inverted glass. The oil and gas would enter inthe chambers by "gravity". A vent valve shall be provided on top of the chambers to release gas. A pipe inside of the chamber shall be connected, with a flexible riser, to a ship with a pump to transfer the oil to the storage ship. The chambers shall be provided with legs to fit in the bottom of the sea, over the leaks.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hopeless

    At this point all we can do is wait and pray for the best. I'm all the way here in California and am just horrified at what's happening in the Gulf. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    May 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ms B

    Oh my children, Look in your rearview mirror if you have one. The sainted Ronald Reagan and the Bush crime family and the Republican party are responsible for DEREGULATION.

    It is responsible for the banking fallure, the airline failure, the automotive failure, the oil company corruption, Coal Mine desasters, medical/prescription corruption and food safety. When you allow large companies to police themselfs, take away watch dog groups this is what happerns. Greed. You scream less Goverment but you are the party of do nothing and just say No to Everything.

    Get your head out of your party's behind and do whats good for your country, not whats good for a sound bite. Drill baby Drill is a Shill baby Shill.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diedra

    Those that would have made the profit should be the ones to pay for it. In the meantime – people, give up your SUVs, your pickup trucks not needed for actual work, your ATVs, your pleasure boats, your snow mobiles and all other petroleum using luxuries.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lewis

    Make gasoline $10 a gallon.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave Hearn

    Why hasn't BP already started to start working on a releif well to either divert or plug the well. I heard it might take a mont or two so it looks like a lot of time has been wasted. The other methods like trying to close the blowout preventer haven't worked so far so it looks like a lot of time has been wasted that could have been used to at least start the secondary well. A few weeks head start is better than none.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. orich1

    OK Brian, I may have read your comments and taken them one way and you may have been being a bit facetious. My Mistake, I apologize if that was your intention. And yes, you are absolutely ready to have a show on Fox.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vince Foster

    So BP is having 3 domes built each weighing 74 tons and made of metal and concrete. Each will be 40 feet tall, 24 feet wide and 14 feet deep.

    If the drilling platform dropped onto the site of the leak, how are they supposed to dome around it?

    I'm curious how this is supposed to work. This is supposed to be done within 8-10 days.

    I hope they have success.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bryan Miller

    Since, we can't make the Republicans who have been trashing the environment since Reagan clean it up, at least Obama can quit trying to appease the idiots with more off-shore drilling and nuclear power (the next disaster waiting to happen).

    May 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. screaminraven

    I was wondering how Obama would be blamed for this one (BP rig disaster), guess my question was answered. I really thought someone (Palin/O'Brien)would come up with a conspiracy theory tying Obama to Al Queda since Obama's middle name is Hussein, then this would be an effort by OPEC and the WH to render the US helpless and in desperate need of foreign oil...Could I go on your show Brian, seems we have the "creativity" FOX desires
    We don't even know the ramifications of this spill yet, we could lose all the water supply in the Mississippi delta, crops and livestock anywhere a storm travels from the Gulf with toxic clouds made by chemicals to break up the oil and oil itself, the "sponge" that is wetlands to soak up hurricane waters will be gone and New Orleans rendered vulnerable to another Katrina event and we will lose Teddy Roosevelts Beton, the first National Wildlife Refuge (for the GOP who cares about the old in the good old party name)...
    I really believe worrying about predatory corporations and politicians who have laid waste to our land is at best petty.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pardoe

    This is for SAMANTHA comment.."only.the ppl down there want drill baby drill"...are you kidding me? You need to get your facts straight before you make a comment like that! I live on the Gulf Coast and this morning I woke up to the smell of kerosene in the air. I NEVER nor 99% of the coastal area that I live in, want drilling. We hate ruins the wildlife and invades their territories..We here on the coast knew this would happen ....and yes this is as bad a Katrina. But if you don't live here you can not even start to understand the impact....NO OYSTERS, NO SHRIMP, NO FISH, NO WALKING ON THE BEACH. There are people here in my community that fish on Sundays to feed their family during the week due to the horrible economy. What are they going to do? So don't tell me you don't want to contribute...we don't want money from someone like you...we need solutions and help. Come down here and wash an oil soaked bird or turtle or rat off if you are so into the wildlife. We can use all the help we can get. I am MAD and TIRED and SICK of ppl saying we wanted this, we wanted that....If you look into is all politics and none of us wanted this. We hate the rigs...and until someone gets off their ass and finds an alternative to oil this will happen again...I hope that it is not in your back yard Samantha.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. art

    Since we started this with a right wing conspiracy theory...only fair to offer one from the other side. Vote on which one is more feasible.

    You know how the human created tragedy of the mortgage burst was the set up for the big payoff of betting against the mortgages?......Well since the concrete halliburton installed blew up that oil well we have another tragedy and we'll probably have to find a company large enough to undertake this massive clean up. Probably a no bid contract will be required, that is the way halliburton prefers to work. had to be something to fill that iraq void...and cheney has a lot of time on his hands.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marie

    Wow, Pat!

    Did you forget your meds this morning?

    It is really off the charts to suggest that this disaster is somehow a left wing conspiracy sponsored by Obama. My goodness, it seems the right wingers love their conspiracy theories. I guess I should not be surprised.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ajit Paul

    Pat, your argument rests on the assumption that BP would collude with the Obama administration to inflict unending lawsuits and losses on the order of billions of dollars, on itself. Think about that for a minute.

    May 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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