June 4th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, Joran van der Sloot, Gaza aid

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Gulf oil disaster - President Obama, who told Larry King he is furious about the oil spill, will be making a third trip to the Gulf Coast today to get an update on the oil spill and examine the cleanup. BP capped the well last night and plans to successively close four vents at the top of the containment cap Friday, hoping to stem oil that is still escaping into the Gulf of Mexico, Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer, said.

We could get information today about whether BP's latest attempt to stop the oil is a success. We'll be giving you the latest updates on the story throughout the day.

Peru murder case –The Chilean government has decided to extradite Joran van der Sloot to Peru, where he is a suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old woman, Interpol said Friday. Van der Sloot is expected to be transported aboard a military airplane from Santiago, Chile, to the border city of Arica, said Macarena Lopez, a spokeswoman for Interpol.

The Dutch citizen was previously a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, who was on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. He was also charged Thursday with trying to sell details about the Holloway case.

Gaza aid - The MV Rachel Corrie, an Irish cargo ship that passengers say is loaded with humanitarian aid for Gaza, is 150 miles away from the Palestinian territory and will arrive there on Saturday, according to the Free Gaza movement, which owns the vessel. Nineteen people, including activists and crew members, were aboard the vessel and were determined to reach Gaza in spite of the Israeli naval blockade, passengers told CNN.

Autopsy results by forensics experts in Istanbul, Turkey, revealed that all nine of the men killed by Israeli commandoes aboard the humanitarian convoy that had planned to dock in Gaza earlier died of gunshot wounds.

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  1. woolie

    Expecting the volume of oil gushing from a 21" diameter pipe to fit into a 9" diameter pipe coming out of the top of the cap is a real pipe dream! This latest attempt will now work. Our only option is to unbolt the 6 bolts on the top flange to remove the remnance of the riser pipe and bolt on the top of the BOV a big valve. Then TURN IT OFF!

    June 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert Trent Jones

    ....with 10,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, bolting on a new shut-off valve is unlikely. ...let it run a few years, and the pressure will diminish, however.

    In the mean time, after the fishing industry, tourism industry, housing industry and regoinal banks have all been destroyed, lets destroy the only viable remaining industry – oil expiration.

    Impeach Obama. His government's non-responsive response to oil clean up makes Bush's Katrina response look responsive.

    June 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nanobot

    Suttles is constantly got his facts backwards. He says the oil is coming up from top hat through the 4 vents which will be closed. WRONG!! The oil is clearly coming from below the "seal" because they cut the riser too short and there isn't any effective seal. The bolts are too close to top hat and blocking it. Suttles says all the safety equipment was supposed to work and he has no idea why this happened but the OIM, Mr. Ezel, testified before the congressional hearing that the blow out preventer had been shut off completely because of some problems. Ezel said it could be turned off by a subsea engineer, a sr. tool pusher, a tool driller, or at the bridge but he didn't know who gave that permission. Chris Pleasant would know. If it is that easy to turn off the safety equipment, why would Suttles automatically believe it was unthinkable this could happen? This is operational chaos of a ticking time bomb for which he is responsible, with all of his cavalier, uninformed, and overpaid status. He is incompetent, and for the safety of future operations, he needs to be relieved of all duties. PLEASE FOR GOD'S SAKES, TAKE THE MAN OFF-LINE. HE'S A JOKE.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keith Morin

    According to the CNN Article:

    – Having placed a cap on the ruptured well head, BP plans to successively close four vents Friday, hoping to halt oil that is still escaping from a runaway well into the Gulf of Mexico, said Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer.

    My question is if the vents at the TOP of the cap are OPEN, why is so much oil coming out of the BOTTOM of the cap?

    In the video, the fins that stick out of the oil plume are on the bottom of the cap. The vents are located several feet above that point. If you look very carefully at the live video, you will see the entire cap shake. If they close those vents, more oil will come out the bottom near the fins, and my guess is blow the cap off.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    The Turkish medical forensic examiners have indicated the unarmed 19 year old American citizen on board the French flagged Gaza Food and Medical supply peace flotilla that was executed was shot 4 times in the head at multiple angles, behind the head, in the forehead and in the temple at extremely close range, (point blank) by the Israeli Commando's.

    This execution of a American Citizen by Israeli Commando's appears to be identical to mobsters with a grudge who shoot their victim multiple times in the face at close range to 'make them ugly'. The resulting carnage is so extreme, it guarantees the victim is buried in a closed casket without being viewed by the family and friends.

    It's really sad that the brutal execution of an American civilian citizen by the Israeli Commando's has been swept under the carpet by the News Media. The American people know the Israeli claim of self-defense is a outrageous lie, this was a act of terrorism.

    June 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |