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


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  1. Mike D

    Personally, our presidents focus should be 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. How does worrying about
    Latinos that are not here legally have anything to do with the future of Americans and there kids getting out of school and entering the work place to finf jobs. ITS REALLY TIME for
    all Americans to ask themselves Why are we subsidizing corporations that hire these
    illegals at a smaller pay scale to avoid normal costs and then ultimately see these illegal workers now how to subsidize their small income thru other means like charities, food stamps,
    not paying their healthcare at hospitals yes they have no MONEY how did that happen-
    the corporations taking advantage and ultimately the extra monies come eventually back
    out of our pockets. By getting rid of this cycle with the use of illegals we stop subsidizing corporations doing it and eventually more jobs will be offered at fair pay to workers that
    are waiting for this to turn around---WE need neither more illegal or LEGAL immigrants like a whole in the head anyway--Lets put our own people back to work FIRST-

    May 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robin

    Drilling for oil in 5,000 feet of water and having the hubris to think that you can "control" an accident? Wow. Seems to be another example of just because something can be done doesn't mean that it should be done. How many deep water oil rigs are out there in the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal regions of the world? How long has this type of deep water drilling been going on?

    May 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. magyart

    The Gulf of Mex. will suffer one of the largest man made ecological disasters we have ever seen. The no. one priority is to STOP the FLOW of OIL.

    The southern border is the site of another grand, man made disaster. The no. one priority should be STOP the ILLEGAL ALIENS. We do not need comprehensive immigration reform, to secure the border.

    Visit the NumbersUSA website and help fight illegal immigration.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 4EverBlue

    Todd: Are you deliberately trying to make a moronic comment, or are you just a moron?? GET A GRIP ON REALITY MAN!! You right-wing Obama bashers really sicken me. People who up until a week ago were chanting “drill, baby, drill” and who are now trashing Obama by comparing his response to the oil rig disaster to what happened in Katrina are both hypocritical and completely off base. The consequences of a hurricane hitting New Orleans were predicted years before in articles in, for example, Scientific American and National Geographic, and after near misses to NOLA with Hurricane Georges amongst others, the government should have been much more ready to respond with aid to the people trapped there (myself among them, as we were obligated to stay through the hurricane). By contrast, an explosion in an offshore oil rig in deep water with consequent catastrophic oil leakage is something the government can’t really do much about. Obama sent the Coast Guard which is about all he could do. Even if the entire US Navy was there nothing further could have been done. The problem requires a specific technological fix, namely to cut off the oil leak in 18000 feet of water, which is something only the oil companies know how to do, and it was their responsibility to do it. The seeds of the present disaster may well have been planted in the Bush administration, since with deregulation a fail-safe device (an acoustic switch) required in most other countries was not required in the US. Obama’s response to this crisis has been absolutely right on, and his critics here are simply trying to score political points at the expense of the truth, though there’s nothing new about that, of course.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steph

    For those that seem to think we should have developed alternative fuels before now so that we wouldn't need oil let me just say this. You couldn't have should have. It's impossible unless you know how to travel back in time. I've heard that on the planet Uranus you can go back in time, maybe you should go there and fix the past.

    There is hope for the Gulf. In 1980, south of Texas a Mexican off-shore rig had a blow-out that caused 15,000-20,000 barrels/day to spill into the gulf for 10 months. We had oil all over the gulf but the pristeen water returned. The amount of oil spilled in the Pursian Gulf was incredible, its pristeen again. The spill is aweful but the gulf will recover, hopefully.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steph

    4everblue:you are correct about one thing; it's not Obamas fault that oil is spilling into the gulf. It's the first example of him thinking something is not his business.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ms B

    Howard Patton. You are a selffish creaton. With No ideas, you make no contributions to this world and we will all be better off when you and your kind turn to powder and blow away. LiLi you have no clue ! You know nothing about the South so keep it to yourself.
    I'm here in Destin, Florida with my dawn dish washing liquid, waiting for the oil to arrive.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nfkdfnsdkfsfknsfkndsf

    politics r 4 f466otz

    May 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anne

    We are not smart enough to be drilling for oil in 5,000 feet of water – and this tragic disaster is the proof. Men are destroying this planet and everything that lives on it.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WdeSpdPanic

    Basically all you people know is what the Main Stream Media reports to you........meanwhile, here on the coast of Louisiana I mock and taunt all of you......

    Destroy one industry after another all in the name of the greater good icons......none of which I can I see from here......

    regulate us all into oblivion

    While we bear the burden of supplying you energy and food.......

    give me a break

    May 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LiveFree

    Another tragic impact on our environment caused by humans

    May 3, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. jesse

    Why does the obama not just give the orders to drop a napon bomb over the oil slick area this will reduce the amount of oil going to the coast. The clean up would be less.
    Lets give it a shot before its too late

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. G Lemon in PDX

    Contingenacy Plans for Oil Spills (like the one described above) would cut into BPs quarterly billion dollar profits. Why would they do that, and why would government make them do that? Oh yeh, because of this event, a new chapter in our history books.
    I pray for the livelyhood for those in the Gulf and for America as a whole. I only pray that this feable attempt by BP is expedited and works, otherwise.....i cant imagine!

    May 3, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. TERRY JAMES

    Bunker bombs will go deep into the soil and explode, the pipes, rock, and clay will collapse inward stopping the oil flow

    May 3, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    Its not a time to make cracks about political hooey, especially in a catastrophy like this, I am as much an american as anybody and I have my beliefs, but right now it needs to be a unified support of the people this effects and leave the political stuff out of it, I live right on the Panhandle and like so many others here we are scared but we are not giving up hope or endurance to stop this mess. I am speaking for the people here by saying to please rally with us, not sit and blog about Obama or our congress, because none of it matters, if this hits in the gulf like they say it might than life as we know it will change forever and not just here but anywhere that you guys are reading this.. Food for thought....

    May 3, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
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