New Orleans, La. – BP is planning to start the operation Wednesday morning. BP executive Doug Suttles says it should be clear by Wednesday night if it's working.
"Once it starts going down the well the rest of the flow should go that way. But probably the biggest risk with the job is that the flow actually doesn't go down the well bore but goes out the end of the riser."
New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says he understands Salazar's frustration that oil is still gushing from the well. But he says BP has what it will take to end the crisis that's now in its second month.
"Of the international oil and gas companies, we're the biggest deepwater producer in the world. We probably have as much if not more capability than any other company in the world in this space. We've brought in the experts from the other oil and gas companies and from the government."
New Orleans, La. – Jindal says that BP isn't deploying nearly enough boats to capture the oil. One local leader commandeered 50 vessels he says were idle and sent them out to protect the area around Grand Isle just outside the wetlands in Jefferson Parish. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says she understands people are upset.
New Orleans, La. – State and local leaders want to build 80 miles of sand bars to block oil now seeping into wetlands. They're blasting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for taking weeks to approve dredging permits. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says all plans must be evaluated.
New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says experts still don't know how much oil is in the Gulf, if there are in fact underwater streams that some say are 10 miles long, or where it will end up.
"The probes activate upon hitting the ocean surface and immediately begin transmitting data about sea temperature, salinity and currents back to computers aboard the aircraft, providing information about surface and subsurface oceanography."
New Orleans, La. – The EPA says BP has 24 hours to find an alternative dispersant, and 72 hours to start using it. BP has been spraying the surface spill with dispersants since it developed about a month ago. BP executive Doug Suttles says that as underwater robots proved unable to stop the leak, the company reached out for ideas.