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. SpillBabySpill

    LA, MS & AL are full of small government birther loon. Now they are crying that the muslim socialist in DC isn't helping them fast enough?
    What a bunch of low life hypocrites!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. upheaval

    Can anyone explain why BP is the only one responsible for the disaster and the cost of the clean-up? As I understand BP was leasing the rig. Who owns the rig???? I rent my apartment-if there was a disaster in the building I would not be responsible.......I'm thinking that there is more to this story...........................

    May 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SpillBabySpill

    Hang in there wingnuts! I'm sure barbie will be there to clean this mess up soon.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bisqueen23

    The reason why no one is talking about the actual cause of the initial explosion is because no one knows right now. One would think it was a catastrophic defect in the BOP, but maybe not. If this was a 3 layer safety system, obviously all 3 layers failed. Was the initial failure caused by a glitch in a computer program, a design flaw, a glitch in any electrical wiring hooking this baby up to the computers that operated and monitored it? Nothing will be determined until such time as they find some way to plug the well and obtain the hardware 1 mile below the surface of the ocean. No, you cannot just send divers down there. IT IS DANGEROUS.

    As to who is responsible, until such time as the contracts between TransOcean and BP, BP and Halliburton, BP and Cameron, etc. are revealed, we won't know who is ultimately responsible for this catastrophe. (I have not read the federal law, so I am not including that in this equation.) This is contract law plain and simple.

    To those of you who want to drop a nuclear bomb on this thing, put down the crack pipe. This is really not very different from the Iceland volcano. It is spewing stuff from inside the earth.

    As for any company being prepared for a situation like this, it ain't likely. This is such a bizarre and singular event as to likely not have been considered. I doubt any company in the United States or worldwide would be able to have a contingency plan in effect for something of this nature.

    This whole situation is akin to the Iceland volcano or the Asian tsunami, or a California earthquate – unpredictable. Yes, I know this was ultimately manmade, but the fact of the matter is that none of you peole complained (or even imagined) of an incident like this while you were filling up your SUV's.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SpillBabySpill

    Is rush telling his flock that we should nuke this thing?
    Are all of you wingnuts still in the 3rd grade or what?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas

    Ed, you need to take some classes in economics. Sometimes it's just better to keep your comments to yourself.. especially when you have no clue what you are talking about.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SpillBabySpill

    Kill Baby Kill You Betcha Wink Wink Snort
    Who needs shrimp and crawdads anyways?
    They are evil.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Travelers Shorts

    By attempting to deploy a large dome to capture the oil, it sounds as though they are still trying to harvest the oil to make money rather than focusing on stopping the leak.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dennis

    No, Actually Limbaugh is spouting off about a Liberal Conspiracy. Typical crap

    May 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TheBigFix

    Two things: Chuck Norris and a big straw.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |

    Im gonna go down there and catch me some oil..then refine it and put it in my mini-van...yeah yeah...that's what Im gonna do.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    The AP is reporting the BP may have stemmed some of the flow of oil by clamping the pipe. Has CNN confirmed this?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter

    Okay, I admit I'm about to generalize, but it frustrates me when individuals scream to get government out of their lives and wish for deregulation. Well... here's what happens when tough government regulations are not in place. Likely a number of "get government out of the private sector" folks in those bright red Southern States are now at risk of losing their livelihoods due to inadequate regulations. The stop sign goes up after the accident, double-hulled tankers are now required after Exxon Valdez, and secondary shut off valves will now be the norm. It's time we learned that most businesses (large/corporate) are not in it for the good of the community.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    The oil is toxic.
    The chemicals they using to dissolve it is also toxic.
    So ????
    IMHO the only – more or less – acceptable method to get rid of the spill fast is burning as much as possible. ( If the weather is suitable)

    Any other cleaning method is useless and causes more damage than good

    May 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Twila

    Our governement needs to be fining BP 100M a day until this leak is stopped. Who's responsibility is it to inspect these wells? Probably the governements. I live in Florida which is in dire straits since the governement failed to monitor the Financial Systems of this great country. I can only imagine disappointment with this issue also. High gas prices, high seafood and health issues for anyone who dares to enjoy what was beautiful beaches! Where are the Animal activists?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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