New Orleans, La. – Bad weather is expected to delay the relief well operation by as much as three days. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra time will be used for testing the system that rings the outside of the well itself.
New Orleans, La. – Allen says he will be in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reviewing hurricane planning, shoreline recovery and the Vessels of Opportunity program involving out-of-work fishermen.
"Since we're very close to being able to control the spill at the source, our focus now has to be in the areas that are impacted ashore. And we still have some impacts in Mississippi and Alabama and Florida regarding tarballs on beaches, but we're really focusing, too, on the marsh areas."
New Orleans, La. – BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says no decision has been made yet on what to do about the oil lease it holds to drill in the Gulf.
"Clearly there's lots of oil and gas here and we'll have to think about what to do with that at some point. But what we've always stated is the original well - the well that had the blowout - and the relief wells would be abandoned. And that's what we're doing."