May 27th, 2010
08:45 PM ET

Day 38: The latest on the Gulf oil spill

[Updated at 8:00 p.m.] BP resumes "top kill" procedure late Thursday afternoon after suspending operation for 16 hours Wednesday night, BP executive Doug Suttles said.

"Nothing has actually gone wrong or unanticipated," Suttles said. BP spent most of Thursday evaluating the first round of pumping. The light-brown material seen flowing out of the well throughout Thursday was the previously pumped fluid mixed with oil, he said.

[Updated at 11:13 a.m.] The Gulf oil spill is the worst in American history, estimates by government scientists suggest.

[Updated at 10:54 a.m.] Two survivors of the oil rig explosion April 20 that triggered an underwater oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, along with the father of a man who died, urged members of a House committee Thursday to hold the rig's owner and the oil company leasing the rig accountable for the disaster.

[Updated at 10:38 a.m] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told members of a key House subcommittee Thursday that he remains "very confident and resolute that we will solve the problem" of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

[Updated at 10:24 a.m.] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was told Thursday by Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, the head of a key House Appropriations subcommittee, that he "will be responsible" for ensuring there isn't a repeat of the oil spill "catastrophe" in the Gulf of Mexico.

[Updated at 10:22 a.m.] The Gulf of Mexico undersea gusher is spewing oil at a rate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day, U.S. government scientists estimated Thursday.

That's more than twice as much as previous estimates, which put the rate at 5,000 barrels per day.

The government had two separate teams of scientists estimate the rate of flow using two different methods, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt told reporters Thursday.

One team looked at the oil on the surface and came up with the estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day.

A second team used a different method and came up with a range of 12,000 to 25,000 barrels per day, McNutt said. The official estimate uses the range where the estimates overlap.

[Posted at 10:20 a.m.] BP's "top kill" procedure is going as planned and according to expectations, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill response, said Thursday.

In response, a BP official told CNN, "We appreciate the optimism, but the top kill operation is continuing through the day today - that hasn't changed. We don't anticipate being able to say anything definitive on that until later today."

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  1. Implications

    hey bro pass me the controller

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Victor Navarrete

      This is going to ruin peoples summer not only that but environment.... What I have bin wondering since we are the United States of America we don't even have a plans ready for something like this happening .. For Example, "Speaking in the third person".. Oh look we have an oil spill lets put plan A into action to cap off oil spill... If that doesn't work lets use plan B ..... I cant believe we are the only ones to have an oil spill but There hasn't bin any other country with one.... And we are the number one country to live in.. i Love how executives in big corporations think ahead since accidents can happen to anyone as we can see...

      May 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marci B

    How about inviting BP's executives to a pool party with just a little bit of Corexit 9500 added to the water. I bet it would be a very short swim! Cease and desist the use of this toxic agent. Don't the marine life and the wildlife have enough to deal with already with the massive amounts of oil in their environment? At least the BP executives would have the option to get out of the water! Why make this tragedy worse by introducing a chemical to the mix?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill Weyerbacher/ Lynnville,In.

    Why doesn't the federal goverment let the local parish presidents proceed with using dredges to build a temp. barrier to block the oil from the coast line? At least they have an idea and are willing to proceed with it. If someone will give me the authority and resources, I believe I can do a better job cleaning up this mess than the people in charge now.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. JJ Doc

    The U.S. Government must step up to contain this mess. Clean it up and charge BP...if we don't, fishing and shore lines will be destroyed. The US has a 13 Trillion dollar deficit; while I do not like this, what is another 10 – 20 billion dollars if it will contain and avoid a major tragedy and enable the fishing industry to prosper. We must work together...Please, this is a request to ensue the US continues to be a major player in the fishing industry.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tanya C

    How, after the Valdez disaster, our government allows it to happen. Why a company as big as BP is taking 38 days to"do" something? Why don't we make them accountable not only the oil spill but also for all the lives (human, animal and plants) affected by it? I bet if they we liable they would move way faster.
    Their American executives can pay for other beaches and imported sea food and the brit ones, they don't care.
    Why do we aloow this to happen ? Again!

    May 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joseph o


    May 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |

    why BP no longer shows the live video of the oil riser's end with the main leak?

    May 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christel Mayer

    Our youth spends too much time opinionating. Could it not be mandated for kids to spend x amount of hours cleaning up, especially in the marshes.
    \Where are all the big talking Greens.? Go, work and clean up. That's a lot more beneficial than moving the lips.
    Christel Mayer

    May 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |

    "US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt said government teams estimated the flow ranges from 12,000 barrels (504,000 gallons or 1.9 million litres) to 25,000 barrels per day."

    May 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leslie H

    Why can't they just blow the well up and cave it in? Put some C4 down in there and detonate it. The silt and mud will collapse around it and seal it off. I guess if it were that simple they would have already tried it though.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Curly

    Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise, I always say...Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk....

    May 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter Louie

    If simply pumping in mud can slow the flow the oil, why didn't they do it in the first place? The Corp of Engineers could have done that on day 1!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. caroline

    Starting with boycotting BP would be a good start and whoever else they supply oil to.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Damião Carlos

    No words everytime I see or I heard news about it, I think to myself and I cannot sleep thinking about how many animals are killed.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rokon

    This is the problem with plutocracy. Government cannot do anything against big companies, because they pays both parties bills. All American governments are by the people but definitely not for the people.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
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