New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu's announcement about plans for a hospital in New Orleans East included remarks about the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico. It's evidence of how the disaster is affecting multiple layers of local government.
New Orleans, La. – The containment cap has been holding back oil from the Gulf since Thursday. BP says it wants to keep it shut until a relief well kills the ruptured lines from under the sea floor sometime next month. The cap has equipment to determine the flow rate. Some officials say the information is critical to calculate BP's financial liability. But retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's confident the flow rate will be determined.
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says a small leak on the cap is being monitored while it stays shut. There's also a leak about two miles away that experts say is probably not related to BP's well system. And some bubbles are coming from the blow-out preventer below the cap. But the government's point man on the operation says it could be that problems are being found because the roaring oil leak has been capped since Thursday.
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says pressure readings indicate there's no major breach, but levels aren't high enough to clearly show the well is intact under the sea floor.
"This is generally good news. I think we're to a point where there's enough uncertainty regarding what the meaning of the pressure is that we're seeing that we need to have due diligence moving forward. We need to be careful not to do any harm or create a situation that cannot be reversed."