New Orleans, LA – The Coast Guard is ordering Transocean to check the rig, pipes and other debris that may be leaking oil. BP has checked its wellhead with underwater video cameras about a month ago, and determined the cap is holding. Several oil sheens have been reported in the area of the Deepwater Horizon about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The Coast Guard says Transocean could be legally responsible for clean-up and damage costs if its equipment is the source of the oil. Transocean says BP is responsible for all fluids that come from the well. Federal authorities will monitor which steps Transocean takes to investigate the problem.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.