New Orleans, La. – Crane operators lowering the 100-ton concrete and steel box over the leaking well pipes have to be precise, and it's never been done before. The container could cap the leak, or smash it wide open. So far, about 210,000 gallons of crude are pouring out every day. BP executive Doug Suttles says one option being reviewed calls for plugging the leak with rubber and other materials.
New Orleans, La. – Michael Brune didn't say a word in the roaring seaplane as it flew over fertile fishing grounds off Louisiana, where ribbons of rust-colored oil streamed past the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Nor did he speak when the plane reached the Chandeleur barrier islands that locals call the Cajun Bahamas. But when the plane landed
New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says the 100-ton concrete and steel device should work, but it's all new technology.
"It will probably have its start-up troubles. It will have to learn how to make it operate, and we'll do that over the next week or so as we begin to deploy and run the system. But I will tell you we're optimistic. We very much want the thing to work."
New Orleans, La. – So far, oil spewing from a BP well a mile under water hasn't closed off the mouth of the Mississippi River. Vessels have been moving through the Gulf's Southwest Pass to the Port of New Orleans, where officials are assured the spill won't be a problem through Thursday. Gary LaGrange is president of the Port of New Orleans. He's keeping a close eye on what federal officials are saying about where the oil slick is headed.