Coast Guard Continues Cleanup Plan While Dome Sidelined
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says operations are continuing with stringing booms around shoreline, setting off controlled burns of oil floating on the water and using boats to skim off the surface. BP engineers are concentrating efforts on trying again to get the dome over the oil leak. A combination of ice crystals and methane gas forming at the top forced crews to move it off to the side while officials look at other options.
"This dome is no silver bullet to stop the leak and we continue to work on all fronts with more than 10,000 personnel now and the support of the governmental, international, scientific and industry experts. This is an all-hands-on-deck evolution."
The Coast Guard investigation into the April 20th deadly rig explosion and oil leak that followed is set to start Tuesday near New Orleans.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans