New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says that after flying over the oil spill with the Louisiana governor, he's certain that the slick is smaller.
"Our efforts offshore are making a big difference now. The combination of the riser insertion tube with using dispersants and other tools this is probably the smallest amount of oil I've seen on the surface since the effort began."
New Orleans, La. – Secretary Salazar is visiting various emergency response stations throughout the Gulf Coast, from wildlife rescue centers to the Coast Guard headquarters outside New Orleans. Salazar will be consulting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and others Sunday afternoon.
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says officials will make information available that shows how closely the underwater oil is monitored.
"We have a pretty good handle on the oil we're dealing with. We have a very good handle on the oil we're dealing with. Both at the source, through the water column and on the surface. And as it hits the shoreline, and we're tracking it constantly."
New Orleans, La. – BP will try again to insert a pipe inside the leaking one on the seabed. Company Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the first attempt failed to connect the mile-long pipe to the surface ship that could take the oil diverted from the spill. Secretary Salazar says the government is doing all it can to help BP.
New Orleans, La. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says floating barriers are on hand in case oil makes its way north to the salt-water lake. It's actually an oval estuary connected to the Gulf 70 miles to the south. Landrieu says the region needs the nation's help in making sure off-shore drilling is safe.