New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says operations are continuing with stringing booms around shoreline, setting off controlled burns of oil floating on the water and using boats to skim off the surface. BP engineers are concentrating efforts on trying again to get the dome over the oil leak. A combination of ice crystals and methane gas forming at the top forced crews to move it off to the side while officials look at other options.
New Orleans, La. – Crews lowered the 100-ton concrete and steel dome over the leak a mile underwater. But it's now off to the side on the seabed while engineers come up with some solution to the crystals forming in the cold water. BP executive Doug Suttles says the next few days are critical.
"The issue is how to keep them forming again. That's the big challenge."
New Orleans, La. – Crane operators lowering the 100-ton concrete and steel box over the leaking well pipes have to be precise, and it's never been done before. The container could cap the leak, or smash it wide open. So far, about 210,000 gallons of crude are pouring out every day. BP executive Doug Suttles says one option being reviewed calls for plugging the leak with rubber and other materials.
New Orleans, La. – Michael Brune didn't say a word in the roaring seaplane as it flew over fertile fishing grounds off Louisiana, where ribbons of rust-colored oil streamed past the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Nor did he speak when the plane reached the Chandeleur barrier islands that locals call the Cajun Bahamas. But when the plane landed
New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says the 100-ton concrete and steel device should work, but it's all new technology.
"It will probably have its start-up troubles. It will have to learn how to make it operate, and we'll do that over the next week or so as we begin to deploy and run the system. But I will tell you we're optimistic. We very much want the thing to work."