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. Republicans Destroyed America

    How much you wanna bet all these Republicans are gonna now want the government to bail them out now that they are out of a job

    May 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. deeb lteif

    "republicans destroyed america" what a oin head of a comment! how about venezuala and n korea are behind the sabotage according to the report to be uncovered next week and the emperor did nothing to stop it!

    May 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandra!/group.php?gid=113682815335868

    Show BP that we aren't willing to let them get off the hook! Join this facebook group 1,000,000 Strong Against BP!

    May 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Simon

    Interesting how many folks who cry out against big government are now looking for government assistance to get them out of this latest big mess.

    May 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zeek

    Its fun to watch the Republicans run from their lifetime BIG OIL pals. C'mon, lets get all the Republicans together. 1...2...3. .DRILL BABY DRILL, DRILL BABY DRILL, DRILL BABY DRILL. I think its time to vote them out.

    May 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lili

    Yes it is BP's ultimate responsibility and they will pay dearly now and long after this is over however it is the State and Federal government's job to protect our shores and all that it implies.

    Obama's too busy trying to drum up Latino votes over this ILLEGAL immigration flap in Arizona. Guess there aren't enough votes in Louisiana, without criminals votes democRATS never win election.

    Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for him to pull out all the stops. So happy he and Leno had a good time yukking it up at the Correspondence dinner while the oil threatens entire State economies and wildlife

    May 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lili

    the seen oil heading to our shoreline, so instead of acting on the in-coming disaster obama was on the campain trail, tell us how bad AZ immigrations laws are.

    if there was a fire down the road and the wind was blowing towards my home i am not going to sit around to figure out how to blame the cause of the fire i would be out there protecting property before it causes a disaster to myself and family. do the job you democRats or get out of the way

    May 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Catz

    If you will all recall, Obama (as a senator) was against off-shore drilling! My how he has changed his tune on many aspects of the United States of America! The people who voted for him wanted "change", well by god you got it!

    The oil industry has had decades to come up with new and alternative methods of producing energy, but hasn’t even tried because they're making too much money as they currently operate. . Everybody is in everybody’s back pocket! For those of us who can remember the 50's and 60's, people weren't greedy. They were happy to get by with a little of money in the bank. We were proud to have manufacturing in the United States. We also, didn't have a problem with illegal immigrants as we had Ellis Island and you came here legally and were proud to do so and.....more importantly, you spoke English! We had mom and pop stores and businesses that provided American made products. There were shoe repair shops, radio/TV/stereo, etc., repair shops that employed American's. In short, our country was based on the concept of "American Made". Blame "all" of the politicians, lawyers and doctors on the continuing down-fall of the United States of America! We have no right to off-shore drill to jeopardize the chain that lets us all exist.

    Some might call all of this progress, but I call it going backwards. We never use to have plastic container or bags. We never use to just throw away good TV’s, stereo’s, telephones, washers/dryers, etc, as we just repaired them. That in turn, kept people in the country employed.

    Personally, my focus is on the people of this country. We have so many without jobs, homes, food, etc., and it’s on based on greed! Now, we are killing our “world”, and you want a better place for your children and grand-children. Somebody much bigger than all of us is watching and constantly giving us warnings, but no one is listening!!!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Howard Patton

    Drill baby, DRILL!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. todd

    I cant personally believe that it took our "great" president to get any real action going on to contain this oil disaster. Being from St. Pete my wife and I seriously concerned over the lack of anything being done to this point. I along with my wife understand that there are plans that have to be made for this type of disaster, but they should have them already in place and implimenting them. The economy down here is already one of the worst in the nation, if the slick of oil goes all the way around the coast of Florida it will not only cause the fishing industry to be shut down for months to come,the tourism here which is already low enough to scare off investors but the tourism industry which is already suffering from the economy overall. It is bad enough that BP is not ready to contain anything at this point but the President has promised to react to this disaster, what has he done so far? THIS IS REALLY JUST FRUSTRATING.

    May 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick Parker

    I live in Gautier about a mile into the estuaries from the Gulf. The water reaches my back yard. Ever since this morning the strong stench of oil has filled the air and we have to live with this for months to come I'm guessing. I'd imagine it can't be good for your health to be breathing all these fumes and I haven't seen a single story informing us whether or not we should even feel safe being outdoors!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ray J

    If Bush were president, you would all be blaming him for this mess. A bunch of hypocrites blaming BP....most of you didn't think of blaming the mayor of New Orleans for Katrina, but because BP is a "corporation", they are to blame. The mayor of New Orleans should have been prepared for a disaster or was that Bush's fault?

    May 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jon

    I am supposed to be getting married on the beach on the Florida panhandle two weeks from now. Now that I am a couple thousand dollars into that, I guess that day is officially ruined thanks to this mess.

    May 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kate

    Lisa,If you live on sand, in the middle of the water.... Is anything but this to be expected? It's the truth in that old kids song about the Rock and the sand..

    May 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steph

    How is it possible to make a political agrgument out of every single issue that pops up? For the love of God people, a rig explosion and oil spill can happen! Thanks to ever improving safety measures taken by most drilling companies, large splills are very rare. Bush, Clinton, Obama, or your grandmother will never be able to remove the dangerous nature of handling liquid explosives that we ALL use for things like driving our car to Starbucks to get our fancy drink that was imported across the ocean on a ship powered by OIL. If government regulation causes BP costs to rise, who dod you think pays for that? Except for the perfect few of you, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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