June 13th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Day 55: Latest developments on the Gulf oil disaster

[Updated at 10:36 p.m. ET]

Here are the latest developments on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which unfolded after the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20:

NEW

- BP began deploying pressure sensors on its ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in an effort to fine-tune estimates of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. But BP spokesman Mark Proegler said the devices may not yield accurate information for several days.

- Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who's heading the federal government's response to the disaster, said the battle against the oil "continues to widen." Efforts are now being focused on the stretch of open water between the wellhead and about 15 miles off the Gulf Coast, Allen told CBS' "Face the Nation."

- BP said a cap over the subsea gusher collected more than 15,000 barrels of oil on Saturday and more than 7,700 by noon Sunday. Federal researchers estimate the well has spewed between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1.7 million gallons) of crude into the Gulf every day for weeks.

CLEANUP

- BP officials are reviewing a letter from federal authorities that gives the oil giant until Sunday to identify and expedite other ways to contain the massive oil spill. No response had been made public by Sunday evening.

- State officials announced Saturday additional areas of Mississippi waters in the Gulf closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the detection of oil in the region.

- As early as Monday, BP plans to deploy a containment device secondary to a primary cap that was put in place over the leaking well last week. Allen has said he expects that the "Q4000 Direct Connect" will be able to collect an additional 5,000 to 10,000 barrels per day.

ECONOMICS

- Nearly 42,000 claims have been submitted and more than 20,000 payments made, totaling more than $53 million, BP says. So far, the cost of the response is $1.43 billion, it said.

- Uncertainty about the depth of BP's pockets has spurred calls for the company to suspend its dividend payments. London's TimesOnline reported Friday that the company may funnel its second-quarter dividend into an escrow account to be paid to shareholders.

POLITICS

- President Obama will push BP to put up an independently administered escrow account that will pay for cleanup costs and damages, White House adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

- Obama will visit the Gulf states affected by the oil spill on Monday and Tuesday and then address the nation from the White House on the next steps in responding to the environmental catastrophe, his senior adviser said Sunday.

- Alabama Gov. Bob Riley told CNN's "State of the Union" that every business on his state's Gulf coast should get reimbursed by BP. "I don't think there is a dividing line. I don't think you can say that one group is going to get it and another one doesn't," Riley said. "The whole economy is based on the tourist market, and when it goes away, someone has got to compensate them."

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    the U.S. Coast Guard has given to BP only 48 hours to find the right way to fix the oil spill's problem!!!
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    then I've developed a new and better "super cap" that can be built and installed in a couple of days!!!
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    read a description and see a drawing of my new idea in my article latest update: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    June 13, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      The ONLY other alternative to this SIMPLE and FAST solution, is to wait the new system that BP plans to install in mid-july, when, OVER 1,200,000 barrels (OVER 50,000,000 gallons) of more oil will be spilled in the ocean!!!!!!
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      June 13, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert Bryant

      THIS IS REALLY SAD!!!!
      The Gov. always claims that they are fixing,addressing, getting better. Why is the Gov. so unable to do anything in a speedy way?
      The Gov. should be able to only plain for worst case and be able to cut all red tape and optain, secure,what ever it takes
      to control or fix a desaster like this one or Katrinia or the next big one.
      Washington needs to fix it's PARALYSES over being able to make a working plan.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Ivester

      CAP WELL:

      1.Remove top hat that is in place now, 2. Using a high impact underwater torch wrench remove the
      retaining bolts that hold the top flange of the BOP where they cut the pipe. Yes this would allow the oil to flow freely for a few hours.... 3.) before actually doing steps 1 & 2 you would create a 25, foot pipe with a flange on the bottom that is identical as the one the will be removed from the tom of the BOP
      and on top will be a mechanical shut off valve. 4. lower the new pipe in place, there will be little resistance because it is open on both ends. 5. replace the bolts with the high impact underwater torch wrench, now you have a new 25 foot pipe bolted in place to the top of the BOP and on top off the new pipe you have a mechanical shut off valve 6. close the valve

      June 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      You're sad. I mean I understand you have good intentions, but your site is the least scientific of any sites. It has no math, no science, no pressure readings, nothing. You have zero data. You have a great imagination, but how different is this from a 5 year old drawing a picture of a cap? You say you want improvements here and there to what BP is doing, but what do you really know? For example, you say soldering will work. Do you have tensile strength data for solder joints in relation to the pressure of the oil gushing out? Look, stop spreading propaganda in a site that just says a bunch of words in CAPS with a bunch of EXCLAMATION MARKS to seem like you're shouting.

      We in the Bay Area had to deal with a disaster before when the Bay Bridge was broken due to a cracked Eye-Bar. Definitely not to this magnitude of disaster, but some amateur(s) put together a website to educate the public:

      http://www.sci-experiments.com/BrokenBridge/BrokenBridge.html

      See, while this lacks scientific data, numbers, calculations, etc, it's very well put together and is very investigative. It's not pointing fingers, playing the blame game, using childish accusations, and at least sounds like it's informed. Your site on the other hand? Probably just a 15 minutes of fame site designed to mock BP when you actually have worse understanding of it all than President Obama.

      June 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • muteti

      If we took a man thousands of miles to the moon , all we need to do is figure a way to take man a couple of miles into the ocean to fix or block the oil wale that is threatening our existance along the Gulf coast, lets stop the blame game , it does'nt change the amount of oil that is leaking ,it's heading at a dead end ,

      June 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      @ BreakingNewsBlog.us
      Really?! first off... get yourself an 'edumacation' and learn to spell. Further..."Solder" you twit. Find me solder that can hold back 13,000 PSI and I'll buy it!
      The problem you do not seem to be aware of is that there currently happens to be way too much pressure coming up through the bore (if you don't know what that means...look it up.)
      Go put your car on a hydrolic car lift and try to "push" it back down. What... you won't try? why not?.. because you ARE aware that you cannot fight the pressure that lifted it in the first place.
      Here's the problem. Halliburton poured the cement block well head over the bore. It is desinged to hold the BOP in place over the well and control the flow of a 'normal' well. This well however potentially has enough pressure to possibly lift the well head out of the sea floor if pluged at the top. It MUST be plugged from below, or the risk exists of blowing out the well head, opening up the bore and letting the sheer force of the oil flow errode away the bore (to a minor degree – it's mostly rock) and ending ANY chance of ANY control until the relief well are finished and can plug the bore from below AND help reduce internal pressure. (which I highly doupt will actually make any difference) WHat needs to be done NOW, is to get this UNDER CONTROL. This does NOT mean STOPPED. This means it MUST be directed to waiting oil tankers above. I too have been working on an idea to accomplish this, but I'm not misguided enough to think that ANY attempt to stop it from above, will work. Even with MY A.D.D. I can see you have issues. Your site is a joke. literally.
      I come here to read. I'm trying to educate myself on the FACTS, and believe it or not... I'm looking for reason why my idea WILL NOT work.. so I can make changes... or... leave it to people who know more. btw... I trained as a mechanical engineer. Design, and problem solving is what I excelled in. This problem is so far beyond your scope, you should honestly stop wasting your time, trash the site, and learn the difference between welding and soldering!
      My solution involves equipment that BP already has OUT THERE, and is strictly designed to get ALL of the oil up to the tankers and last long enough for them to get through their several months of red tape, and plug the well from below. Then.... they can fill enough of the 13,000 foot deep bore with cement, to seal it perminently. These "Caps" are ALL destined to fail miserably. I'd link my idea here, but you'd probably try to claim it as yours (and you wouldn't even be able to explain exact how or WHY it works.) As soon as I find the right video people, it will be on youtube. (AND demonstrated!)

      June 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      too many BP's PR-guys on the Web... and too many "experts" that do critics all others' ideas because only THEY have the "right idea" to "save the world"... said this, I'm aware that all ideas (including the ideas I suggest) might be done better and without any design flaw
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      June 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us


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      June 14, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      "BP executives could face 15 years' jail"
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      HOW BP WOULD BEEN ABLE TO STOP THE OIL SPILL FROM THE EARLY DAYS !!!
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      ARTICLE and VIDEO that shows the BP tool, here: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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      June 14, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael57

    Day 55 and that would be 550 million gallons, I think and the price of oil stays the same but threaten a hurricane and it goes up $30 a barrel. Go Figure.
    The government must take down BP before they become insolvent and be the new era Enron as it totally destroyed the southern US and the Gulf of Mexico. And so it goes.......

    June 13, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Terry

    CNN has the most comprehensive coverage of this disaster and I appreciate it. I have been concerned about this day and night since I saw the very first picture of the underwater leak. I am not a genius, but it doesn't take a genius to see that the estimates were WRONG from day one. And I agree with ghostnasa (who has MANY ideas of how to STOP the leak immediately – please visit that website) that it is rather obvious to everyone with a brain, that the GOAL should be to STOP the oil, not RECOVER it. BP wants to control the leak, NOT stop it. WELL, that is exactly what has been happening since day one. What I don't understand...is why they were allowed to drill it in the first place when they had no idea what to do in case of an emergency. The message is clear and simple...IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT–DON'T DRILL IT. Duh!

    June 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jekah

    Don't you all watch GPS on CNN? It's only a local problem. Nothing to look at, keep moving.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wes

    Solving this dilemma and stopping this horrendous oil tragedy is really quite simple.

    Force BP to shut down all rigs in U.S. waters until the flow is completely stopped from the disabled rig. Unfortunately the BP board of directors needs someone to light a fire under them...something to get them off their 'blessed assurances'. I believe if you hit them in the bank accounts and start depleting and draining their money supply the company may get serious enough to force the board of directors to wipe their mouths, get up from their steak dinners and actually do something about this tragedy.

    This oil company is lacking in many areas...I don't care what anyone says...there is a way it can totally be stopped, the greed of the oil company just keeps them from stopping it because they want the money that will eventually come from the well when it is under control once again.

    I can assure you that if this tragedy happened on the British coast the flow would have been stopped a long time ago.

    But since it is in our waters and the BP Board of directors only thinks in terms of $$billions and trillions$$ this disaster isn't real enough to them and so they continue to do what they do best, twiddle their thumbs and wonder what's for dinner because it's close to dinner time and the longer this thing drags on, the more destruction reaches our shores and kills everything it touches doesn't really matter because America will soon become numb to it and BP can continue to rake in billions after the relief wells are complete.

    unfortunately the only silver lining in this mess is making BP go bankrupt or at least getting them close to the smell of bankruptcy because money is the only thing that motivates corporations.

    Remember this about people and you'll understand BP's thought on this disaster......People only do what is important to them and they only talk about what is important to them......The things you do and talk about should give you an example of what is important to you or at least most important.........

    Now I ask, do you think this disaster is important to BP and their execs or is it their huge-mongous quarterly bonuses? Hmmmmm.......

    "People only do what is important to them and they only talk about what is important to them."

    They are destroying United States property and assets not British property and that's why it's not important to them!!

    FORCE THEM TO SHUT DOWN ALL RIGS IN U.S. WATERS.....it is that simple.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      I'll remember to thank you when our gas prices go back up to $4 a gallon!
      Shutting stuff down, ending more jobs, and argueing with any one who disagrees with your idea is just ignorance.
      First! CONTROL the oil... THEN worry about what's next...(stopping is not CURRENTLY an option)

      June 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mintweb

    One way to deal with the high pressure problem is to divert the oil to a container ship with a vacuum pump. The pump can be powered by a 747 jet engine. That will create a high enough negative pressure to cancel out the positive pressure of the leaking pipe (first suggested by me on youtube May 23, 2010).

    June 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. William Laverack

    Why continually dwell on the "moaners" and negative comments instead of letting the public in with some positive ideas
    for consideration. Why not a local federal fund which could issue registered dockets enabling those who who are willing to help and could pay local claims almost instantly.? Fishermen can trawl fish swimmimg near the surface – why not oil –
    get 8 trawlers working in pairs with 100 or 200 yards long surface nets between each pair trawling oil parallel to the coast, each pair sailing abreast with the other pairs in staggered line astern (Like priary combines). Four passes along the
    coast and the oil slick is a quarter mile further from the cost with 100 yard nets, or half a mile with 200 yard ones.
    Similarly solidyfied oil further down could be trawled out like deeper-swimming fish. The nets could be dumped in an old
    hulk of a tanker to be dealt with later. Something to think about???

    June 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dodad

    Here we have a time when the entire country should galvanize itself into a single force directed at stopping and cleaning up this terrible situation. What do we have: groups pointing fingers, a president that threatens action on topics he knows nothing of and BTW where are The humane Society of The United States, PETA and Friends of Animals when you need them (Oh, thats right they have their money invested in themselves and nothing for helping the wildlife). Meanwhile, The National Audubon Society (funded by hunters and fishers), the National Wildlife Federation (funded by hunters and fishers) and The Serria Club (funded by hunters and fishers) are all there to help with the needs of the area. Someone tell the guy with the bullhorn that he will do more with a sandbox pail and shovel in one hour than what he is trying to stage with his idiotic banter.

    June 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Renee Anastasi Meehan

    I was absolutely stunned this morning by CNN Anchor, T.J. Holmes when he asked "What do people expect Our President to do that he's not doing? Do they want him to go down there and plug the hole himself" If he is that UNIFORMED he should not be reporting the News. In fact I'm tired of EVERYONE saying" what would you like Obama do?" So I am going to lay it out very slowly so that maybe everyone can grasp it! #1 The President COULD HAVE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY, which President BUSH DID AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA. As of today, 55 DAYS AFTER the ACCIDENT and OIL STILL GUSHING INTO THE GULF, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS YET TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY! #2 Three days after the accident occured on APRIL 20TH, INTERNATIONAL HELP was offered to President OBAMA including but not limited to, Nowegian, Canadian, Wales and Dutch ships....Would you like to know why they are not there yet? Because OBAMA DID NOT ACCEPT THE HELP! You will hear alot about the "JONES ACT" preventing him from accepting the help...The Jones act or 1920's Merchant Marine Act WAS WAIVED BY PRESIDENT BUSH DURING HURRICANE KATRINA to get more help to those affected. This is ABSOLUTELY UNCONSCIONABLE that the Gulf of Mexico is FULL OF OIL. Had any of these things been done, allowing others to pitch in with their Oil sucking tankers and skimmers, THE GULF OF MEXICO WOULD NOT BE FILLED WITH OIL! THE oil rig that exploded was 50 miles out!! HAD ANY WATER CLEANING MEASURES BEEN USED BACK IN APRIL, as the oil was gushing out, THE OIL WOULD have NEVER REACHED 50 miles inland let alone to any marshes or any beaches!! Now we have an unprecedented loss of mammal,
    sea and bird life. We have thousands of people OUT OF WORK because their work is THE GULF of Mexico either by a commercial fishing, Touring boat, Hotel owners, restaurant owners....etc and quite frankly the list could go on forever in how very many people and occupations this is going to affect. Did anyone care to notice where the GULF of MEXICO is? Maybe someone should look at it ON A MAP! This is not some faraway back woods land that no one goes to or cares about. Every State bordering it is a VACATION SPOT, in fact they are THE TOP VACATION SPOTS IN THE USA FOR AMERICANS AS WELL AS INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS. These States all DEPEND GREATLY ON TOURISM FOR THEIR ECONOMY! Who is going to want to go there now knowing the threat of oil spewing 55 days (and counting) is in the water? Would you want to go to an OIL REFINERY, for a VACATION THAT YOU SAVE and WAIT ALL YEAR FOR? The States affected that are ON the Gulf of Mexico's borders are: CANCUN MEXICO, all through Mexico, Corpus Christi Texas, Houston, Louisiana, New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, The Panhandle of Florida, Panama City, not to mention the ENTIRE SOUTWEST COAST OF FLORIDA including but not limited to Tampa, Clearwater, Gainesville, Tallahasse, Saint Petersburg, Including Siesta Key Beach, #3 of the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, Venice, Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island throuhout the EVERGLADES and yes THE KEYS are also in the Gulf of Mexico as well as CUBA. So the trickle down effect of this will be devastation that the United States has NEVER seen. Not only the immediate workers as mentioned but when tourism ends, ALL OF THESE STATES ECONOMY ENDS so I ask someone to explain to me when will a State of Emergency be issued and when will the Jones Act be Waived? I'll tell you this, 55 days and still counting is UNFORGIVEABLE. In addition to no state of emergency being decalred, The jones act not being waived, and finding out The President has not yet MET WITH BP??? And people are still saying "what do you want him to do???? Anyone of these things TWO MONTHS AGO or how about NOW would be a start! The OIL SHOULD HAVE NEVER GOTTEN TO THIS POINT! IT IS UTTERLY INEXCUSABLE!

    June 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Charlie

    What's with these freaking ads being in the way? On my screen, it sits right over the "POST" button, and block 3/4 of the text window! (Centered on page)

    June 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    USSR USA or VENEZUELA when it comes to money of the CHEEF it is all the same democracy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyQ7xEKDRPw&feature=related

    June 14, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dhyan1111

    When were the media going to begin posting about this rather important new item?
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml

    60% chance as of Sunday night of this turning into the first Tropical Storm / Hurricane

    June 14, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. dude

    Thanks mike. How come the media agencies arent going crazy over this . I heard one person say "by the way we are being prevented from taking pictures" and that was it. What are they trying to hide?

    June 14, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tyler Clarke

    I always support the cause of PETA.:~.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
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