[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:
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.