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Gov. Haley Barbour said at a news conference Sunday that a massive oil spill might be contained without reaching Mississippi shores.....
Rep. Gene Taylor also addressed a rumor that oil is being steered toward Mississippi's coastline.
Some of the people who want to help with any cleanup in South Mississippi had their first face-to-face meetings with BP officials Sunday in Ocean Springs.
At Sunday's training sessions, company officials gave volunteers basic safety reminders,....
The company also announced plans to hold four-hour Haz-mat training courses for volunteers, that would qualify them to clean up any oily mess that comes along. The courses would be reduced from the traditional 40-hour training....
On Saturday the sea turtles started washing up on shore. On Sunday, the turtles were joined by dead catfish, horseshoe crabs, and birds: a duck, a pelican and a seagull.
"But we've never seen this many," he said, shaking his head. "Something's going on; we just don't know what."
The animals don't appear to be coated in oil, but some of the turtles have damaged shells. Though sea turtles can be seen out near the barrier islands, no one is sure where these dead ones are coming from.
BP CEO Tony Hayward said Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that BP was not responsible for the accident. He said the equipment that failed and led to the spill belonged to owner Transocean Ltd., not BP, which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Originally posted by ventian
The CEO who is supposed to manage this company should be given life in prison.
Relief wells being drilled
Crews also started drilling the first of two relief wells Sunday shortly after 3 p.m., but those efforts will take at least two months to complete.
Additionally, the smallest of the three leaks could be capped soon, Suttles said. Crews were working to weld a valve over it.
He said crews operating remote-controlled vehicles had managed to close a part of a blowout preventer, an emergency device designed to cap the well that had failed when the rig exploded, but oil continued to leak around its seal.
BP quickly backed off several provisions included in waivers that volunteer workers were asked to sign before being hired to assist in the clean-up, said Jim Klick, an attorney representing a number of Plaquemines Parish shrimpers.
The provisions included a requirement that the workers waive their rights to damages resulting from their work, which BP officials later told Klick were included in a "boilerplate" waiver form, and will not be enforced
To stop those flows, BP is building giant containment devices to encase the leaks and enable workers to safely pump the oil to the surface where it can be trapped in containment vessels on the Enterprise drill ship and removed. The main containment chamber, fabricated by the Houston company Wild Well Control Inc., in Golden Meadow, should be ready Tuesday, Settles said.
Workers will begin transporting the four-story, 65-ton device to the site of the accident Tuesday. It will take about a week to put into operation.
All's clear and fishing is good(PHOTOS)
May 05, 2010 4:10 PM
There is a silver lining to this oil spill and it is captained by Ed Shields.
Capt. Ed Shields backed in on the charter boat Silver Lining Wednesday afternoon with a great catch.
They had red grouper, scamp, a half dozen triggerfish and several mingo and white snapper.
Napolitano Sounds Hopeful Note on Oil Leak, but BP Says She Has Wrong Info
Napolitano, on a trip to Alabama, said the spill is slowing down, and that tests indicated less oil and more natural gas was coming out of the broken well. She called that good news even though she admitted it hadn't been verified.
A BP official told the Associated Press late Tuesday that there has always been a mixture of gas and oil coming up since a crippled oil rig sank last month. Company spokesman Mark Proegler said scientists haven't noticed any significant change in the leak.
The company received word Friday that federal regulators had approved spraying chemical dispersants beneath the sea, a contentious development because it has never been done underwater.
So far more than 517,000 gallons of dispersants, most of which is a product called Corexit 9500 previously approved (by the EPA) for use on the sea surface only, have been dropped over the spill or shot undersea.
"Our concerns about the use of these dispersants underwater is based on the fact that there is virtually no science that supports the use of those chemicals," Levine said.