New Orleans, La. – President Obama says images will always remain of the government's failed response to the hurricane and levee breaks five years ago. He says it wasn't hard to image at that time that New Orleans would never survive.
"Instead this city has become a symbol of resilience and of community and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another."
New Orleans, La. – Letten says the statute of limitations for fraud is normally five years, but time constraints on prosecutors filing a case don't depend solely on when the fraudulent claim was first made.
"It also might not begin to run until funds are dispersed, or proceeds are actually -- if they're hidden or if there's any additional concealment done. So computing statues of limitations looks easy but it can be rather difficult, it'll be a little tricky."
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reopening some federal waters off the western Louisiana coast. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says samples from those waters have passed smell and chemical testing for traces of oil and dispersants. She says monitoring will continue to check for effects on the younger species.
New Orleans, La. – U-S Attorney Jim Letten says people must be vigilant when asked for donations to help victims of the oil spill.
"Citizens have to be super careful if they are contacted by phone or if they're somehow solicited by any individual or charity that is seeking that person to part with any biographical, financial or private information."
Assistant U-S Attorney General Lanny Breuer says investigations will also focus on suspicious claims.
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he wants the blow-out preventer installed by the Deepwater Horizon replaced before mud and cement is pumped into the bottom of the blown-out well.
" We are very, very close to the end. This gets to be a very, very complex evolution. And there are no black-and-white choices here, and this has required a significant amount of discussion."
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he is still ordering mud and cement be pumped into the bottom of the well, as it has from the top. But he says extensive testing and analysis are still needed to make sure the bottom kill doesn't blast open the material that's keeping oil inside the reservoir.
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says about three-quarters of the oil that spilled has dissolved, evaporated or been eaten by microbes that feed on crude. The universities of Georgia and South Florida are estimating much more oil remains in the Gulf. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says the government will consider the findings.
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says engineers are still reviewing ways to ready the broken well for a bottom kill, which involves pumping heavy mud and cement through the bottom. Officials had been aiming for starting the bottom kill by this time.
"I've always said this will be conditions-based. We're concerned about the vital signs of this well. We continue to be concerned about the vital signs. Our first goal is to do no harm."