June 21st, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Day 63: Latest developments on the Gulf oil disaster

[Updated at 10:11 p.m.] Here are the latest developments on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which unfolded after an explosion aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on April 20:

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- About 8,410 barrels of oil (353,220 gallons) were collected from midnight to noon Monday, according to BP. Another 5,015 barrels of oil (210,630 gallons) and 25.3 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared.

CLEANUP AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

- Government estimates say up to 2.5 million gallons of oil could be flowing into the Gulf daily.

- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has expanded fishing closures in the Gulf of Mexico. The closed area now represents 86,985 square miles - approximately 36 percent of the Gulf's federal waters.

- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has received reports of 143 cases of patients treated for oil spill exposure. Most of those cases - 108 - involved workers on oil rigs or workers involved in cleanup efforts, while 35 were reported by the general public.

- The city of New Orleans is asking BP for a grant of $75 million over three years to mitigate the longterm effects on its tourism industry, the head of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau told CNN.

- "The catastrophic nature" of the oil disaster, "I still believe, is not fully known to us," New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN Monday. "It's really huge."

ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

- The Obama administration on Monday sent a third bill in the amount of $51.4 million to oil company BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to spill. BP and other responsible parties have paid the first two bills, totaling $70.89 million, in full.

- Asked about some critics of the administration questioning his independence, claiming he is on the White House payroll as executive compensation czar, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing BP's $20 billion escrow claims fund, told CNN, "I'm not on the payroll. I'm doing the White House pay czar role pro bono, without compensation."

- BP needs to accelerate its claim payment process and provide more transparency to claimants, Feinberg told CNN Monday.

- The cost of the response to the disaster to date is about $2 billion, BP said in a statement Monday. That estimate includes the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs.

POLITICS

- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Monday that the Minerals Management Service, which oversees the oil industry, has been renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

- Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, was sworn in Monday as head of the newly named agency. Bromwich has been tasked with reforming the agency, which has been criticized for catering to the interests of the industry it's responsible for policing.

- The federal judge considering whether to lift the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling said Monday he will issue a ruling between 1 p.m. ET Tuesday and 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. The six-month ban, instituted by the government last month, halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued.

- A company that provides boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry says in a lawsuit that the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

- BP CEO Tony Hayward will not attend Tuesday's World National Oil Companies Congress in London, according to a BP spokesman. The spokesman cited Hayward's "commitment to the Gulf of Mexico relief effort" as the reason for his decision not to attend the meeting.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    censorship???

    June 21, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      STOP the oil spill NOW http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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      June 21, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      why NASA still doesn't offer its engineers and its technology to help STOP the oil spill???
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      June 21, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • dilandog

      It's NOT true that there is no technology for using clean energy NOW. http://www.energyblueprint.info/
      But that's exactly what oil cartels want you to believe. Why would they spend $ trillions to invest in clean energy over long time period, in opposite to earning $ trillions now. It's like drugs, first you need to create addicts and then you make profit on them. We are all manufactured oil addicts for a long time. We can't go back. So think about this: America is the most-addictive, oil- dependent country in the world, and one of the last countries in green-energy implementation. Lots of $trillions for a few people who owns worlds oil business. They will not change that because they like $trillions, and government can't do much, 'cause they need oil cartels to donate them $millions for campaigns. And you can't boycott oil products because you need car, electricity, heating, cooling, plastic, toothpaste, asphalt. Everything you touch is manufactured from oil, or use some form of oil in production. The bottom line is -> we can – but we will not do anything because we are oil junkies, so who cares about pollution, "small people", shrimps and birds – It's all about money.

      June 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      Zero science (CHECK)
      Zero math (CHECK)
      Zero calculations (CHECK)
      Zero facts (CHECK)
      Zero research (CHECK)
      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
      No education (CHECK)
      Poor English (CHECK)
      Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
      Ugly website (CHECK)
      Spam (CHECK)
      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      June 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      @qwerasdf

      "Zero science (CHECK) Zero math (CHECK) Zero calculations (CHECK) Zero facts (CHECK) Zero research (CHECK)
      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK) No education (CHECK) Poor English (CHECK) Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK) Ugly website (CHECK) Spam (CHECK)
      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)"
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      hey, "qwerasdfBP", why are you so severe with the companyBP that payBP your salaryBP???
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      after all, only two months have been lost and only 250,000,000 gallons of oil have been spilled in the ocean
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      please, let have more confidence in the companyBP that give you a joBP, you will see, that, in a matter of months or years they'll finally close this simple HOLE... 🙂
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      June 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • tamara kotaska

      http://unearthed.earthjustice.org/blog/2010-june/unleash-mississippi-river-stop-gulf-oil-invasion

      Is the Corp of Engineers going to act on this idea? The longer they wait the worse it will get.
      Open the dam in Missippi and let the water do a gentle clense on the wetlands. What is the holdup. Please pass this on to someone.

      June 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNewsfail

      If it's so simple, please show me your ideas and show scientific evidence and any engineering calculations you have. Oh wait, your ideas are as good as my 5 year old son's drawings on a napkin with his new Crayola set. If it were so easy it would've been done already.

      June 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    Where the heck are the feds in all of this???
    All we hear is stories about long approval delays, some bureaucratic coast guard Napoleon putting the barges out of business, etc., etc.
    Admiral Allen is a nice guy, but he is obviously in way over his head.
    Come on Obama, get yer butt in gear and give the job to Gen. Honore!
    The Keystone Coppers would do a better job.

    June 21, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hugh

    Getting money for lost work....last year I got 30 grand I asked social security to give me the 30 grand upfront they didn't what should I do. I post this because if you are asking for a lump sum for the year from BP for your loss and they only want to pay you for past missed work for the month then you re-file every month. Don't ask for money for the year and future money that isn’t how you would have made money this year had it had this oil leak. Would you have gotten all 107 grand at the beginning of the year. Thousands of people are in need of monies to help them get by and if you are expecting to get paid for the year up front there will not be enough for those who also need monies. Let make sure BP continues to pay for you lost work but let’s not be selfish about what we need. Having BP payout your years earnings is not only unrealistic but unfair to all who are suffering.....stop selfish asking and be realistic I don't care who is handing out the monies
    Also don’t open up drilling in deep wells if you can’t fix this problem s get a fix for this and if need be start training people in new jobs. When most Americans lose their jobs due to layoffs and or major companies closing large plants they learn new skills and take new jobs
    I have lost my job several times in different professions due to economic changes and company closures that is how you do it asking to continue with doing risky business that affects the world and has causes the biggest ecological disaster affecting the united states and beyond and saying let’s continue is short sighted.
    No one says this is easy and I can’t tell you how much I had to cut my budget and not buy for my kids and how many holidays and birthdays had nothing more than a baked cake or a nice meal.
    Try to look beyond today and into what your kids and my kids will be living with because we are not willing to move on.
    Again you are in the spot light take advantage of this and develop incentives for new businesses and training and ask BP to help you there.

    June 21, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. john G

    ask Steven Hawkins what he would do ,very smart Man !!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alphajojo

    They cannot put a piece of plastic on top of this or something? to recup that oil we cannot let that go for another month?
    they'll be no oxygen left.
    frenchy

    June 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. S E Brown

    Why hasn't someone fitted out a tanker with the technology to pump in the oil-filled seawater, separate the oil, store it (the oil) in the tanker, while pumping the newly cleaned seawater back into the ocean? Why couldn't this be done, and have such tankers be required to be within quick response reach to every oil drilling rig, deep water or not? Last I heard, oil and water do not mix, and we do have the ability to desalinate salt water, why not the ability to separate oil in open water, before the mess hits marsh or beach? I realize there are boats that 'skim' the oil, but I am talking about something that could get oil from deeper levels as well as the surface. I also think that after thorough inspections and confirmation of adherence to all safety regulations, other rigs should be able to get back to work. In the meantime, every viable alternative energy source idea should be put on the fast track!!

    June 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Sunoco employee

      There are and we do. FPSO tankers can, by all means, do just that. They separate the oil and water on the tanker and some even complete production. They just dragged their feet letting any of these tankers in. From what I've heard, there are a couple out there now. Keywords: a couple.

      June 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JD

    What today's headline should have read: National Day of Prayer useless in the fight against Oil Leak!

    But, noooooooo, media outlets would never dare go there and potentially upset some idiot who thought it might work.

    JD

    June 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Anthony Hayward

    HAHA!! JD Make funnee poynt! You gais, the oyl speel isn't bad anywayes! It really only few galloons a minute. I was watshing my yot sale this weekend and we done so gate! Almost won the rase! The reeson are yot is soo fast is becaz we put oyl on it to make eet goo fasta! I no unastan why you amereecans have pray day! If you all no pray, why do you call it day of national pray!? Dun worrie about speel, we fix it sooon!!

    June 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    Well over half of ALL the Federal Judges in the Gulf Region had their campaigns fully funded by Big Oil and conservative Republican right wing think tanks who were also well funded by Big Oil. I would be surprised if these 'handpicked' Federal Judges in Louisiana and Texas that the Republican politicians in the Gulf States asked to review the Oil drilling moratorium and hear the hundreds of liability cases against BP, ruled against Big Oil.

    Rahm Emanuel, the White House Democratic Chief of Staff is absolutely correct. If Republicans were a majority and in charge of Congress, US Senate and the White House, they certainly wouldn't insist BP pay all costs. The majority of ALL cleanup and environmental costs would be footed by the American taxpayers. Republican Congressman Joe Barton stated the very philosophy of the Republican Party in his 'forcing BP to pay to clean up the Oil gusher is 'anti-American' !!! Anti-American! The Republican party is so utterly corrupt in serving their special interests in Big Oil they have totally lost their way in serving the American People!

    The American Taxpayers stand to lose 190 BILLION dollars in this SINGLE Oil Spill thru lost jobs, lost industry and lost tourism. And these Republican wing-nuts are already screaming to Drill baby drill which invariably leads to Spill baby spill. The question is not 'IF', it is only a question of 'WHEN' the next horrific toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic spill of crude Oil occurs.

    Ethanol production is on-tap to produce more immediately usable fuel than that created from the crude Oil America purchases from Saudi Arabia! Every gallon of Ethanol directly replaces a full 6 gallons of crude Oil. President Obama should immediately remove the crass, callous and heavy handed Bush-Cheney tariff on Brazil's Ethanol exports and immediately purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to sell to America.

    Crude Oil Spills = Ecocide, there is no positive spin on that. It is Toxic to breathe, Poisonous to eat, Carcinogenic to drink, Toxic to swim in, Carcinogenic to your skin. Bringing Death to aquatic life, Death to mammals, Death to birds and Poisons the water table.

    If these 'Gulf Keepers' and Environmental Keepers of the Gulf of Mexico want to actually 'save' the Dead and Dieing Gulf of Mexico region, they would in Force, Demand a Moratorium to Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no safe Oil Well in the Ocean, there is no impossibility of another enormous Oil Spill. The Only question is 'WHEN' the next immense Oil Gushing Spill is going to occur.

    June 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pacino

    Genoil has a Coast Guard approved system to seperate Oil and Water – why isn't the government or BP jumping on it?????

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud3ov8rIm6g

    June 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pacino

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud3ov8rIm6g&feature=related

    June 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. boon

    Cement,mud can not use balloon put down in other hole for stop oil

    June 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 7thseal

    Mr. President: You, your staff and the Democratic Leaders, not the people who are Republicans; God is for the poor and not the ungrateful rich, greedy gentiles. I tell you the truth: they’re EVIL and will persecute you. Just remember; They hated Jesus too. So the end of days are near. Thank goodness. The signs are showing in many ways. Few can see. If they can’t, WELL….. They is two Gods; The spirit of God and Satan, who’s blocking your sight? Mr. President Obama, keep up the good work. You’ve done 70 times 7 thousand more productive things for the country as a leader in 16 month than Bush did in 8 yrs. Sending blank checks for a War that should never happened.. Stupidity! Unemployment was just as high with Bush, but did the media or wretched people open their mouth, start a tea party? Gentiles like that are, meaningless, racist, ignorant, deceitful caucasian (wo)men( not all, just a few). So you people, continue to blame the blameless; who cares. So what if he don’t show emotions. Did BUSH show it when a City went under and people died? I tell you the truth my friend, you will pay a severe suffering death as death calls you. Bush could care less about our problems during his Presidency; just WAR! You praised him with all his deceitfulness. It’s in God’s hands now NOT the President. Storms will get worse in areas where you live NOT and the President will do his best to fix the situations where no other President would have folded in the tent. But still you wouldn’t blame them as you do Obama, and it’s pretty OBVIOUS folks why. I tell you the tell the truth, you have NO idea just by your comments, what’s going and taking place in front of you. But anyway; You military, hungry Bush loyalists, trying to over-step the PRESIDENT? Your foolish, bold, and need to go. Just by looking at your eyes, I wouldn’t have hired you in the first place, no matter how many bars you have and military intelligence. If anything, the terrorist are here! GET OUT OF THE HOLY NATION AND STOP GIVING THEM MONEY!!!!! HOW DARE YOU INVADE THE HOLY LAND, YOU EVIL GENTILES! They will NOT survive without money! They can’t recruit nor get suicidal militias to blow themselves up. Your letting them bite the hand that feed them; someone maliciously is giving them funds, here in America they need to be CAPTURED! Again, If you feel you can intimidate the President, who all his life, had mutual strong family morals with gifted intellect. It would not be in your favor. If anything, I would get as much information of knowledge from President Obama in the next 8yrs as I could. I tell you the truth: You’ll never get a smarter President EVER again. You can gain discernment OR continue to be un-wise, lack of knowledge and foolish. This world WILL cave in 8yrs. So it shall be.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    Less Golf More Gulf

    June 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |