June 7th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Day 49: Latest oil disaster developments

Oil pools near a boom alongside Cat Island near Grand Isle, Louisiana.

[Updated at 7:22 p.m.] It's Day 49 of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll be bringing you the latest developments on the story throughout the day. Here's where we stand right now.


- Workers in Louisiana have built about 2 miles of sand berms along the state's coast, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

- BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said the company has agreed to pay $360 million toward the berm project, which is aimed at raising walls of sand along Louisiana barrier islands to catch the oncoming slick.

- Heavy oil was spotted at several points along the southeastern Louisiana coast, state officials reported.

- Tar balls ranging in size from less than an inch to about 4 inches continued to wash up on Florida's Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key on Monday, but the oil sheen remained 5 to 10 miles offshore, Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino said.

- Frustration is "rapidly escalating" along the Gulf Coast, Kelby Linn, a real estate agent and Chamber of Commerce official on Alabama's Dauphin Island, told a House subcommittee meeting in Louisiana. "We do not feel that BP is going to be stepping up to the plate," Linn said.

- The widows of two men killed aboard the offshore drill rig that sank in April, ripping open the undersea gusher, told members of Congress that more needs to be done to keep oil companies from putting profits ahead of safety.

- "Let's not place the importance of oil over the importance of a life," said Natalie Roshto, whose husband, Shane, was aboard the rig. But both she and Courtney Kemp, whose husband also died aboard the Deepwater Horizon, said they still supported drilling in the Gulf.

- A BP spokesman told CNN, "BP's priority is always safety."


- BP says that it has closed one of four valves on the top of the cap that it had put in place last week, and that the process is working well. The company says it may not close all four of the valves because engineers think the valves may be releasing more gas than oil.

- Federal authorities reopened about 340 square miles of federal waters off the Florida Panhandle east of Destin to fishing Monday after finding no sign of oil in that area, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced.

- The federal government has accepted Canada's offer of 3,000 meters - or more than 9,800 feet - of ocean boom to help combat the oil disaster, a State Department spokesman said Monday. The boom is expected to arrive in the Gulf on Tuesday.

–The total amount of crude being collected from the ruptured undersea well responsible for the Gulf oil disaster increased Sunday to roughly 466,000 gallons, or 11,100 barrels, according to estimates from BP and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the spill. On Saturday, BP indicated that it had increased the amount of crude being funneled to the surface to roughly 441,000 gallons.

- Since the containment cap was installed Friday, the total number of gallons of oil being captured on a daily basis has nearly doubled, Allen said at the White House on Monday. BP "anticipates moving another craft" to the well site shortly in order to raise the capacity of oil that could be captured on a daily basis to roughly 840,000 gallons, or 20,000 barrels, Allen said.

- Allen said Monday that roughly 120 miles of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico have been affected by the spill and it could take years to fully restore the environment impacted by the disaster.

Allen said BP has made progress, but cautioned it was too early to call efforts a success. "We're making the right progress. I don't think anyone should be pleased as long as there's oil in the water," he said.

After reviewing new images and data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reopened more than 16,000 square miles of ocean along the Florida coast that was previously closed for fishing because of the oil spill.

More than 13,000 square miles of that lie just west of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. But the federal agency also closed a 2,275-square mile area off the Florida Panhandle, extending the northern boundary just east of the western edge of Choctawhatchee Bay. That means that 32 percent of the Gulf still remains off limits for fishing.


- Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, asked that the moratorium on deepwater drilling be lifted early.

- Allen was in Washington to brief President Obama and the cabinet on the administration's ongoing response to the incident.

- President Obama plans to personally offer his condolences to families who lost loved ones in the rig explosion, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. The president has invited the families of the 11 dead workers to the White House on Thursday.

- The cost of the federal response effort to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill totaled $93 million as of June 1, according to a Friday letter from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen to congressional leadership. They are requesting that Congress approve a proposed
provision that would make available up to an additional $100 million to the Coast Guard.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. damiao

    The human being has no limit, and finaly we are going to destroy day after day that we call earth planet....http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 7, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
      don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
      take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
      it can STOP up to 100% of the oil leak in a matter days!!!

      June 7, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • robert

      I would like to know why oil booms are not surrounding the sight?Tthis would be the case if it were a ship that was leaking oil. i think the leak should controlled at the surface first with booms and skimmers.

      June 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim Gruenes

      Why dont they bolt the cap on to the pipe by putting a two part coller around the pipe right underneath the joint and then bolt the cap to the coller while the cap is being bolted down you could keep the releif valves open to prevent the cap from being blown off then after everything is bolted down you could close the releif valves.

      June 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      BP Plans to Replace Containment Cap Next Month
      "Company [BP] Believes a Bigger Cap Will "Provide a Better, Tighter Fit" over Oil Well Blowout at the Bottom of the Gulf of Mexico"
      it's (exactly) MY IDEA published June 6 on my blog and posted hundreds times (or sent via email with the text below) on several blogs everywhere on the Web... CBS, CNN, DHR Facebook Page, BBC, Huffington Post, WSJ, Blooomberg, NYT, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. etc. etc.
      thanks BP to adopt MY IDEA but NO THANKS for have NOT acknowledged me as its inventor... :[
      the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
      don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
      take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
      it can STOP up to 100% of the leak in a matter of days!!!

      June 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bev mont

      WHAT IF? Suppose the Oil Leak doesn't stop in the near future? Do you think there is enough oil beneath the sea floor to cover the entire ocean? I am just curious.

      June 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janice

      Make a medal V and lower in into the hole and make sure the top of the V seals the hole. My five year old neice came up with this idea and if you think about it it makes sence. And adults cant fix it sad.

      June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cary beaman

    You can have the now unemployed fisherman skim the water useing kevin costners oil separating device and sell the oil to anyone but bp with a tax going to help the cleanup effort.I am a plumber have an idea for a big mechanical tee contact by email or phone 217-565 0601 .time is wasting. Or tell me who to contact a pumber will know what mechnical tee or wye is.

    June 7, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve Wylie

    I was watchin CNN with the PhD prodigy this morning. Her idea made me think of a better one. Instead of filling inside the pipe with pnematics, how about constricting from the outside? Invert her idea. The current cap is catching and redirecting about 50% of the oil. The rest is leaking out the sides. If successive constricting pneumatic bands were wrapped around the remaining opening, wouldn't the oil choose the easier route: through the established pipe to the tanker?

    June 7, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • nanobot

      If any sea water gets in the pipe, it will clog with hydrates. Whatever is pumped up has to be pure and collected without contamination from the riser or BOP.

      June 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

    To Whom It May Concern;
    BP needs to make a larger containment cover, the cover has to have heating elements inside to keep the water from freezing. At the top of the containment there should be a suction pump(s) that will suck the oil up to the tankers. The bottom part of the containment has to be a thick rubber that will be able to conform to the bottom of the sea based on the picture that they are showing.
    They are really making this harder than what it is.

    Michael Lindsay

    June 7, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • All American!

      I'm sorry, but I'm really starting to think these BP guys are a bunch of idiots....

      June 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjv36

      wow what an amazing idea...you are so much smarter than people with engineering degrees!!! suction...of course...except the oil is coming out at an incredibly high PSI and there is no need for your "suction machine"...and what type of heating element do you expect to use 1 mile down?

      June 8, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Becky

    I'm lost. How many leaks are there now? I thought one was plugged, and this one with the cap was on its way. The is is getting harder to stay on top of. I don't know which news source is correct. You can't believe any of them.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      dont believe any of them – they tell 1/2 truths they are hiding the truth which is too much for most people to take

      June 7, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • All American!

      Good question, I've been trying to figure that out myself.

      June 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DAN

    The cnn woman's idea about inflating tires in not original (except the tire part). For years sewers have been sealed temporarily for workmen with the same technology. they use a balloon like device and inflate to close off. this is not new.

    the tire part is perhaps original but it would be too difficult to get the tires into the pipe against all of that pressure.

    They need some inflatable device small enough to insert into the pipe and not obstruct it – it's a mile down so accuracy may be limited. they can inflate a smaller balloon or multiple balloons about 20 feet in, and seal with concrete after the flow is stopped.

    I think they can do this pretty quickly – they are just being cheap – they are buying time with half-asssed attempts while they drill the relief well.

    these people risked destroying our oceans and planet, to save a buck here or there , not using cks and balenaces – out f'ng rageous. if this continues for months or years, it could potentially ruin several oceans and immeasurable coastal areas, coral reefs, mangroves – this is so unbelievable. people don't realize that our planet hangs in the balance. this is gross negligence a massive crime against our planet and all people – this will have massive economic effects

    good day

    June 7, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gee Bee

    An Open Letter to the President
    Mr. President: Call the executives of BP down to Louisiana and get them on a small boat and personally tour them around the site; warn them, with your finger wagging under their noses, that if a penny goes out to shareholders before the people, whose lives have been ruined, are taken care of and the environment is cleaned up they will feel the wrath of God, and the US Government, on them!; Take them to a large, controlled auditorium full of fishermen, hotel and restaurant owners, workers whose lives depend on the Gulf, ECT., and let them feel the effects of this catastrophe first hand. Send them back with the warning that if they fail to fulfill your expectations the US will act to fully provide for all of the above. Every one of the executives should leave afraid, very afraid; Take charge of the organization of all the resources this country has, including the troops overseas, to prepare for this enormous task ahead, there is no company or even industry that has the capability to do this, only the government can; Send the bill to BP, if they do not pay seize their assets. There is little time to act so prepare for the worst case scenario ASAP. We put you in power to protect the country, this is your hour. Please, do not fail us now; the inheritance of future generations is counting on you, as all of us here today are. Be GREAT, thank you.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      YES! I definitely think BP is still aiming to "recapture" and continue using this well instead of truely "capping" and recovering the environment and lively hood of all affected. This goes so far beyond the people working the oil wells, the fishermen....travel and tourism which is huge in the area is going to nearly collapse. Hotels, restaraunts, shops, tours guides, and many others. Think how the tourist dollar affected New Orleans after Katrina now multiply it by every tourist city on the gulf!

      June 7, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • All American!

      thank you Gee! My thoughts exactly....

      June 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirl

      Do you not have any idea how much money BP has already paid out??? But I agree they obviously must not be too smart or they would wait for the lawsuits to play out before paying anything. On the other hand if there was any justice at all CNN should foot some of the bill for lack of tourism due to them over stating an already devastating situation. Although the powers that be did reopen16,000 square miles to fishermen. Personally I live in
      Texas and we've had oil and tar on our beaches at least since the 50s. I am glad they now have Chad Allen to deal with the press. He seems to know what he's talking about. Not that the news media is going to let him do what he's there for unless his job is pacifying the media. I would like to know why you think the government is more capable than the oil companies at cleaning up this mess.

      June 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cappy

    Why doesn't America throw BP out of the Gulf of Mexico and the states that boarder the Gulf pull together with American engineers and get the job done. Why are we waiting for BP to fix the problem while this oil is gushing everyday hug amount of oil into OUR Gulf and ruining OUR marine life and beaches. They are really dumb, or don't care as much as we American's do about the problem. Kick them out and lets get it done with OUR guys

    June 7, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. cappy

    Why are we waiting for BP to do anything about this problem? This is our Gulf,and these are our beaches. Throw these bums out!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. ecu fan

    Give BP share holders and all at BP Speedos– take them for a swim...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May, 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Here’s a contingency plan that has patented technology and a process that really works.

    1. We found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that would have extracted up to 95% of the oil spill contaminants from seeded surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before it hit land fall.
    2. Our product is a, “Modified Oil Spill Environmental Sponge” dubbed M.O.S.E.S., it is a ¼” to ½” product that can be used to absorb oil contaminants from both “fresh water and salt water” surface oil spills. Our tests have concluded that one ton of product will absorb 125 gallons of oil in less than one hour. Simply put it will absorb approximately one half of its weight in oil. M.O.S.E.S. collects/absorbs oil not water. After saturation M.O.S.E.S. will only contain about 1.4% water. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to other kinds of wildlife including humans. A fifteen minute test will prove this process works.
    3. Our plan is full circle and includes staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
    4. Due to the urgencies to reduce the impact on the environment and the magnitude of this spill, our plan required partnering with the Coast Guard and other organizations that were already being used to provide staging, seeding and reclaim operations.
    5. Seeding operations were to be handled in essentially the same way they were being done, with minor and/or no modifications to airborne or aquatic equipment that would handle spreading ¼” to ½” particulates.
    6. Re-claim operations required the same booms, scoops, pumps and barge operations, that were being used.
    7. Re-processing operations proposed a permanent emissions free plant for processing oil, sand and other like materials into re-usable fuels and commodities. The plant would take approximately ninety to one hundred and fifty days to construct and would become a permanent part of a states fast action response to future oil spills.
    8. Our plan would have first, assisted with the on-going damage control operations in the gulf; second, it could have been put into operation within seven days; third, it would have become a $30,000,000.00 per year financial benefit to the communities that embraced staging and plant processing operations.
    9. This plan will greatly reduced the time and costs associated with this kind of oil spill in the future. We are confident that this type of pro-active plan would become a template for other high risk (oceanic) areas.
    So, why was this plan given no consideration at all? It is not a question of if another spill will happen, but when! The only excuses we have been able to come up with that, we are sure you are going to here are, as follows:
    a. BP, News Networks and Government Agencies didn’t have the time to consider a pro-active long term plan?
    b. We were crack pots when, this technology is patented and the product could be tested in fifteen minutes?
    c. BP has it under control as, they have done this before? Yes and, crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results! We need to get past these smoke screens and prepare for future spills.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We’d love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is listening.
    Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com
    CC: BP., CNN, FOX NEWS, NOAA, Governors of: AL., FL., LA., MS., And TX.

    June 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig N. Barthelmas

      ATTENTION!! The PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN listed above will not plug oil leaks but, it will address five major problems; two of witch, are concerns that have not been addressed in the media or in the government.
      1. It truly is a LONG TERM-CONTINGENCY PLAN. It will help the community rebuild revenues while providing a fast action operational plan for future oil spills. Yes! Future oil spills will surely occur, despite future prevention efforts!
      2. This plan is full circle and would included staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s, oil filled sands and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
      3. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to humans and/or other forms of wildlife. Oil, feed stock and sand processing are near emissions free processes.
      4. It will generate $30,000,000.00 worth of new revenues for the communities that embrace staging and plant processing operations. The plant would remain in full operation after the clean-up is done.
      5. It will also add about forty new jobs to the community. This is not only a plan to help with short term clean up’s, it will also have a positive long term and lasting effect on the community as well.
      We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to mobilize volunteers to help minimize their cost. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies this plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on spills they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. The OMRS-100 technology is patented and, M.O.S.E.S. (The oil absorbent) can be tested in less than fifteen minutes!
      As always our government is seeking a short term quickie (political talk) so we can get a long term scr**ing! Has anyone mentioned where they (BP) plan to put and/or dispose of all of that contaminated; oil, sand and material? We are pretty sure that without intervention it will be in somebody’s back yard, neatly hidden from sight, killing something else. Don’t you think that any oil spill plan should at least consider: Prevention, Mobilization, Extraction and Disposal Operations?
      Thank you for your time. We would love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is as concerned as we are.
      Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com

      June 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rex miller

    if the bop is full opening and we can insert a smaller pipe into it, could you the add pipe swedges in increasinn sizes
    several hundred feet apart for weight until the hole is plugged?????????

    June 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Oil eating Microbes should be used along the marsh lands to clean those vital areas up quickly and save wildlife.


    June 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SunLight

    Oil eating Microbes should be used along the marsh lands to clean those vital areas up quickly and save wildlife.


    June 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nanobot

    Don't know why CNN hasn't yet announced this because Allen said it, but they are planning a better fitting and higher yield dome for installation this weekend or next week. Additonally, they are planning to suck oil out of the blow out preventer in the locations where they were pumping in that junk for the top kill. They do have a few more tricks up their sleave and I am glad because this "fix" doesn't appear to have reduced the overflow really at all, even though they are pumping 440,000 gallons a day. That tells you how much it was before the turned the pump on. Maybe 2-3 million. Certainly not 800,000 which is what the government says. Bleh.

    June 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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