New Orleans, La. – Mariner says the fire was on the upper deck of the two-story platform. The Coast Guard says Mariner initially reported an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide, but the government can't find it. Captain Peter Troedsson says the Coast Guard will use vessels and aircraft to check for leaks. He says he's not sure if oil is leaking underwater from the seven wells connected to the platform.
New Orleans, La. – Weather conditions at the well site are calming down enough to allow surface ships to begin taking off the capping stack. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the first step is removing the device that's kept oil from gushing into the Gulf since mid-July.
"At that point, the blowout preventer will be open, basically, and we'll be relying on the cement plug - about 5,000 feet of cement was put in during the static kill."
New Orleans, La. – Jindal says the moratorium could be disastrous for an economy that depends on supporting deepwater drilling. He made the point directly to two panel members visiting New Orleans.
"Many of these smaller businesses are seeing reduced business, They're seeing their employees having to have fewer hours and take pay cuts to survive, and the uncertainty is what's driving a lot of their fears."
New Orleans, La. – The government had planned to start removing the blowout preventer and capping stack on the well this week. But National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he doesn't want the equipment damaged as it's lifted off the well and hauled to the surface.
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.