New Orleans, La. – Captain Shepard Smith says the research ship Thomas Jefferson normally maps wetlands and shallow waters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It's now in New Orleans, preparing to head out next week and look for deep-sea oil.
"We're really adapting sensors that are designed for other oceanographic purposes to this very particular task, and we don't know exactly how it's going to work out yet."
New Orleans, La. – Landry has been the federal on-scene coordinator of the disaster since it began April 20th, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and triggered the oil spill. She says she understands that people are becoming frustrated that oil keeps spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, but a military takeover wouldn't help.
"We have the military. We have the Navy here with skimmers. We have, you know, every agency of government at the federal level. We have many state agencies."
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."