May 3rd, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Latest Updates: Reports and perspectives on Gulf oil spill

Workers in Louisiana place an oil boom into the water to try and protect the coast line from the massive oil spill.

[Updated at 10:01 p.m.]  BP chief executive Tony Hayward vowed that the oil giant would "absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation" of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. 

"Where legitimate claims are made, we will be good for them," he told NPR's "Morning Edition." 

The U.S. government was leaving little to chance. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that Justice Department employees were in the Gulf region "to ensure that BP is held liable." 

Allen said BP "is the responsible party" and "will bear all the costs" of the cleanup. 

Still, the promises failed to quell the fears. "I hope we can weather the storm," said Keith Delcambre, owner of seafood market Bozo's in Pascagoula, Mississippi 

See a timeline of the oil spill in the Gulf

[Updated at 9:56 p.m.] BP this week is going to attempt an unprecedented engineering feat to try and stop the oil spill, reports CNN's Brian Todd. It involves lowering a four-story metal container onto the leaking pipe to try to suck in the flowing oil. 

[Updated at 9:31 p.m.]'s Steve Almasy reports that environmental scientists say the effects of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have ecological and biological consequences for years, if not decades. 

[Updated at 1:56 p.m.] The Half Shell Oyster House in Gulfport, Mississippi is making plans to get their oysters, shrimp and fish from elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Staffers tell CNN their local supplier has a plan to fish in areas closer to Texas, but they  still expect seafood prices to go up. However, the staffers say they don't expect much of a tourism decline unless the oil slick actually hits the local beaches. For now, the oil slick has remained offshore. 

A portion of the northern Gulf of Mexico was closed to fishing on Sunday, curtailing the billion-dollar business. 

[Updated at 1:47 p.m.] Florida Governor Charlie Crist told reporters in Tallahassee that he may extend the declaration on Tuesday to Collier and Monroe counties. 

"In the event that the oil does come to our shores, I want us to be ahead of it as much as humanly possible," he said about the spill, which the oil giant BP is responsible for cleaning up. 

Preparations are under way on strategies to stop the leak, though each has drawbacks. 

The initial plan is to lower a dome over the wellhead next week to capture the spewing oil, said state Secretary of Environmental Protection Michael Sole. 

"That would stop the flow, if successful," he said. "Unfortunately, it's never been tried at 5,000 feet below the surface of the water." 

[Updated at 1:06 p.m.] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama White House officials are scheduled to meet with Hayward and BP America President Lamar McKay Monday afternoon to "discuss ongoing, coordinated response efforts and receive an update on BP's mitigation plans for potentially impacted Gulf Coast states," according to an administration official.  

[Updated at 12:37 a.m.] Florida Governor Charlie Crist extended Monday a state of emergency to the coastal counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota due to the offshore oil leak. 

[Updated at 11:19 a.m.] The Justice Department, however, has sent a team to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal prosecutors and response teams, the department has said. 

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that Justice employees are in the Gulf region "to ensure that BP is held liable." 

[Update 10:32 a.m.] The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico comes a month after President Obama announced plans to expand offshore drilling. CNN's Kristi Keck takes a look at how the oil spill could sap appetite for Obama's offshore drilling plans. [Update: 9:19 a.m. ET] BP will "absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation" of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, chief executive Tony Hayward said Monday. 

"There's no doubt about that." 

"It is indeed BP's responsibility to deal with this and we're dealing with it," Hayward told NPR's "Morning Edition." 

And, he added, "where legitimate claims (of damages) are made, we will be good for them," according to NPR's website. 

[Posted at 7:56 a.m ET] The battle against a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being waged on three fronts, United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. 

"One is to cap the well" that is leaking the oil, she said. "Efforts to do that have not succeeded to date." 

Authorities are also trying to keep the slick from reaching land, and preparing to clean it up immediately if it does make landfall, she said on CNN's "American Morning." 

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

Read Sunday's roundup of oil spill coverage

soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. James Stensby

    I think that we should place a small nuclear bomb at the base of the well and implode it immediatedly.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. check this out

    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Johnny

    I don't know why everyone keeps blaming BP and talking about who will pay. It doesn't matter who pays because that is not going to solve the problem. As far as blame goes, a lot of the blame falls on American citizens themselves. BP supplies the oil, Americans supply the demand. Until you stop driving, stop buying consumer products, sell your McMansion and stop energy usage, you are as much to blame for this as BP. BP doesn't even run the rig so stop blaming them and stop worrrying about who will pay. So f**cking stupid....

    May 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mattman

    newsflash:-The United Nations reported the Louisiana coastal area was the largest DEAD ZONE in the world in 2004! Better take the $5k and run!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angelina

    Does President Obama take any responsibility for allowing drilling to resume?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gulfmad

    I can't believe there are even stories and wasted time discussing who will pay? Is it always about greed? The #1 priority needs to be stopping this monster from ruining the Gulf of Mexico and all of the states that border it.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Louis Vinchenzo

    I am under the impression that it is illegal to drill any deeper than two thousand feet
    bellow the surface of the ocean in what we call deep water drilling.
    The main reason being it becomes too difficult to get down that deep if there is
    a potential problem. This is already a huge environmental disaster,
    I believe off shore drilling can be done safely and should be done
    in waters of depths we can access if something does go wrong.
    If you can not get a machine down there in a reasonable amount of time,
    regardless of a shut off valve or not, needs to be reconsidered.
    We also have to think about our sea life and the animals that
    do frequent these waters.

    We may never know what caused the original explosion.
    Should be more focused on Green Energy...
    Sari Palin is now eating her words on the whole
    "Drill Baby Drill" slogan...

    As the blood of the Earth now spills into the ocean.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. truly informed

    I think everyone who has ever chanted "drill baby drill" should be made to live in the effected areas!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dee

    I believe we need to seriously look at non-US owned operations. This horrible disaster, BP's disaster in Prudoe Bay, Alaska and Tesoro's pipeline accident. Are foreign owned companies not subject to the same regulations? It never seems to be US-owned Exxon, Chevron and Conoco that have issues and disasters.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny

    Dee, post #39, have you forgotten about exxon valdez?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dee

    Let me recent years it never seems to be US-owned. Obviously, Exxon has the legacy of the Valdez, but dare I say they have learned their lesson?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jennifer Amaral

    The chemicals that they are using for the oil spill are very bad for the Ocean. It may help the shoreline somewhat now but it is an oil based chemical that will bind with the oil and make it sink to the Ocean floor. This will kill shrimp crab and fish. It will also sit on the bottom just waiting for another Hurricane stir it up and bring it to shore at a later date. Please help to get the info. out about the use of Hair Mats to absorb the oil. This is an eco friendly way to deal with this oil spill. Matter of Trust makes them and is ready to help.!/pages/Matter-of-Trust/463115455390

    May 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dennis

    Sarah is busy in her kitchen making up a pot of Polar Bear stew with some Bald Eagle appetizers.
    She probably doesn't know this happened.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill from GA

    It is hard to believe that our oil industry cannot solve this problem. Stopping the leak in 2-3 months, or even 2-3 weeks, does not solve the problem. It should have been a 2-3 day event at the most.

    The right will blame President Obama, as if there is a government agency with the technology to repair oil leaks. The same right-wing nut jobs that are always against big government, until they have a problem and expect big government to solve it.

    Why don't the tea-baggers go fix the oil leak, since they are so much against big government?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rich

    Wow, is this what you call Americas dirt oil. Definetly have the Canadaians beat hands down....

    May 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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