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June 4th, 2010
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CNN's Kyra Phillips takes a tour of the BP oil rig spill site with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

CNN's Kyra Phillips takes a tour of the BP oil rig spill site with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

With containment cap in place, BP waits to see if it works

(CNN) – BP may learn Friday how effective the new cap it placed on the ruptured undersea well is in slowing down the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

The complex underwater maneuver completed Thursday night was applauded by U.S. and BP officials.

"The placement of the containment cap is another positive development in BP's most recent attempt to contain the leak, however, it will be sometime before we can confirm that this method will work," said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Tony Russell. "Even if successful, this is only a temporary and partial fix and we must continue our aggressive response."

Robot submarines steered the new cap to BP's ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico at about 10 p.m. Thursday. But early Friday morning a non-stop cloud of oil was still spewing from the pipe . Read more

Program note: A CNN exclusive this morning: Our Kyra Phillips is the only reporter to go on board the rigs near where BP is desperately trying to cap the well and cut off the oil spill. She traveled there with National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen and she'll join us live with her report.

Full coverage | LIVE: Undersea view Video

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  1. Alex

    Bobby Jindal is emotional and rightfully so. It would nice to have a President that cares about our gulf coast or even seemed half as upset as Gov. Jindal. I trust the local government much more than our federal government, so what if some birds eggs do not hatch? They will no longer have a habitat if the oil reaches the marshes. They will die and turn to mud and wash away. BP should be required to rebuild our wetlands after what they have done and paying to build these sand berms is the first step this company has made in the right direction

    June 4, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  2. ronvan

    MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: It is the root cause of all the problems we have. We have perverted our morals & self esteem over it. With that said: I am not an expert in oil, however, some of your comments make sense. Replacing the top of the BOP is one of them. Sounds to me like doing this would result in NO oil spilling out? As to building these sand barriers: It seems that this is just throwing $$$ down the toilet, as we know they will not last. Millions of $$$ to build, how many times are you going to rebuild & over how many years? I understand the importance of protecting these area's but not to the extent that we just throw money at it. As for BP, I would seize all of their assets, have total control over the $$ & put it to use where needed. Once they have the leak stopped then lets have a complete investigation and let the blame fall where it is found. Including those that had $$ put in their pockets from oil companies. And lets not forget that even when the leak is stopped we are going to have clean up problems for years.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  3. j. mason

    Some people cry too much government involvement and they cry why the government is not involved? This is confusing, I do believe that the states involved with this crisis should be angry; this will have a profound effect on their economy. The responsible party is not the government. We should look into BP’s activities during the operation of this rig and others in the region.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  4. Fred

    Our shores and national boundries are being breached and invaded in multiple ways! The way and timeleness of how this oil spill/vcatastrophy is being managed (?) is only one more example of how our present government is attempting to handle these national problems!

    It is true that we generally expect super human actions and results from our elected officials, many of us don't care for the style of politicts that President Obama exibits, including me!

    In my view....he never exibits the ability to make decisive and effective actions in a timely way! . He is a great orator, and has a winning smile! But I truly do not believe he has the main interest of America at heart! I wonder who will go around the world and apologize for the environmental and political mess that surrounds this cotrastophy, including the corruption and foot draging his administration has been involved in with this total BP problem and series of issues?

    I am waiting to see him BOW to the head of BP and tell him publically how sorry he is that the US citizens have acted like they have!

    June 4, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  5. Ronny

    Go join Chat-Avenue...lol..

    June 4, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. Jerry

    Art – You asked what they are teaching these guys at the ivy league schools you mentioned. The are teaching them to "just do it and appolligize latter." Also you learn that if you want to be a successful capitalist you must never worry about the people. They are irrelivant. They are nothing more than the means to the goal of profit. The environment is not part of the equation either. You learn to get over it and move on. They is always collateral damage.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  7. Ronny

    Stop attempting to speak for me Pauly. What I said is in basic American. Even you should be able to understand that. Your attempt at twisting words is very weak.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  8. Stephanie

    Chris Moore: All you have to do is a google search of "How oil companies are assisting bp in solving the oil spill ihn the Gulf of Mexico" to find several articles that explain their involvement'

    The most factual on is from "geology" .

    June 4, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  9. janice sherman

    Display of emotion is not a critical characteristic of a good leader; however, Mr. Obama has shown repeatedly that he cares only for himself and his legacy. It is so offensive that during this crisis and the only day of the year when our soldiers are remembered, Obama chose to go on vacation to Chicago.
    Actions speak louder than words–to say you are furious does not make it so.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  10. Kristy USA

    It would be nice to hear a little more ideas & solutions coming from various mouths regarding the oil spill & cleaning it up rather than hearing so much complaining.
    Especially since this oil has the potential to spread up the coast & is killing so many animals!

    June 4, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  11. Jeff

    It appears from his comments minutes ago that Carville got some much needed medication, sleep or both 🙂 He was much more rational today when saying there is no comparison to Katrina and that the governemnt simply doesnt have the right tools in its tool box. Hes also right about the fact that corporate greed and cronyism is hurting everybody and theres really nothing govt can do about it right now...that is until we realize the republicans run on this platform every single election....Less regulation for corporations and more tax breaks for the rich. Until we vote these beliefs out of congress, there will continue to be many more crises like wall street and bp. Its that simple. Dems need to wake up and show up at the polls in November or we are just asking for more of the same.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  12. Mike from MO

    Is there any validity to using hay and straw to soak up the oil from the water? I saw a video where they used those and it seems to work great. (Maybe that was a hoax.) Sure would be a simple and great solution. At least get the oil out of the water.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  13. Stephanie

    Jeff: The media has been remiss in covering what the gov't has been doing. The "journalists" are more interested in political theatre than in rolling up their sleeves and doing some research. Google searched on Sec Chu and the engineers working with him and on how other oil companies are working on trying to help solve the problem as well as a simple visit to the gov't website provide a wealth of information.

    What did CNN think; that the people on the rig were having a holiday? The media won't be satisfied until the oil rig is surrounded by media helicopters and boats interfering with the job the men and women are charged to do.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  14. Randall of Texas

    Believe this! If the President smokes then you can go to the Bank with the deposit knowing full well he has cussed BP under his breath.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  15. Chris Moore

    Here's my question, If a neighbor in your neighborhood's house catches on fire, won't all the unaffected neighbors assist the neighbor who has needs. I see this as an industry problem, where are BP's neighbors? "Putting a foot down on BP's throat", was an angry statement, and the statement should have been. "OK boys this is on me, how can I help you get this solved". "Let me moderate this by getting the right people here to help you and we'll figure out how to pay for it after we stop the oil leak". Don't sue BP, sue the US Goverment for pride and arrogance.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  16. Janet

    It is so sad to see oil soaked wild life. I cannot believe BP was allowed to start drilling without a strategic plan for leaks 5000 ft.deep in water. We have to end our addiction to oil, because we make irrational decisions. Many politicians are using this environmental catastrophy to gain points by crying on queue. Emotions and sensationalism do not create solutions to the problem, like the Tea Party they fuel anger and irrational decisions. The president should be judged on what he has actually done not on how emotional he becomes.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  17. diane hobson

    I'm weighing in on what seems to be a never ending battle to come up with solutions on just what should or should not be done to clean up the mess in the Gulf. It seems to me that almost everything and anything should be tried at this point. The mention that burms can cause adverse effects if nests are accidentally bulldozed seems a bit redundant and misplaced with regards to impact on wild life. I'm almost positive that allowing any oil on both marsh and wet lands as well as barrier islands is a bit more harmful than stopping oil from attacking those areas. I think that there may be too many cheifs and not enough engines at this point. I agree that caution should be used in all clean up efforts along with the prevention methods suggested but let's get real people! This is an enourmous mess and opinion needs to be curbed. I say shut up and get it done! I live on a beautiful barrier island on the east coast of Florida. My job as a timeshare sales person is being threatened as my resort at which I earn my living is also on this island. We are in Palm Beach County, Florida and all here are fearfull of the impact the mess in the gulf will have on our island once it enters our waters. We will surely be first hit as we are only about 1 mile from the gulf stream. The water in this area is the clearest and cleanest along the entire east coast of the United States and Canada. We too are a tourist and fishing based community. Our island contains a wild life sanctuary that is home to a variety of animals that range from Manatee to Ibis and everything in-between. Singer island is where I live. I can't imagine it's natural reefs and famous snorkeling waters being destoyed by this seemingly indistrustable enemy. I'm for any and all efforts to stop and clean up this monster before it destoys my home so........again, shut up and just do it! All this rederick is driving people nuts. Make it happen BP! I'm over this already. Whatever it takes, that's what I have to say.

    More to say but shutn up,
    Florida

    June 4, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  18. Kristy USA

    The President is the ultimate role model to his children, those in the military, especially since he is the Commander in Chief & to everyday citizens of the USA. He is showing excellent self restraint by controlling his anger & he is being a great role model for all.
    Trust me soldiers in the field don't want to see him lose it.
    Even though some would love to see him lose it so they could make a mockery of him & talk it into the ground. Keep your cool President Obama!

    June 4, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  19. Pauly

    And Ronny, aka Melon, speaking of reading & comprehension, the moratorium covers only 33 "exploratory" rigs in the Gulf. It does not include the 590 oil producing wells! What part of that don't you understand?

    You can't complain about what this spill has done to many Gulf industries & then worry about some lost jobs trying to prevent another leak. What's more important, the many small businesses that rely on the Gulf or big oil? Or are you suggesting that all those small businesses shut down & go to work for big oil?

    And big oil has been polluting the Gulf long before this leak. It's easy to look the other way when it's not as noticeable as this leak. Just as a blind eye is turned toward other industries that rape this land & pollute our waterways & air. How much arsenic, cyanide & other toxins have entered our waterways thanks to different mining industries? How much of our seafood already has mercury & other chemicals/toxins in it? How many Americans have died due to careless industries bypassing safety to increase profits. BP said prior to this spill that an acoustic switch, that would have probably prevented this leak, was unnecessary & too expensive. That's been the feeling of many industries in this country for way too long. There are many things more important than profits!!!! America & it's citizens should not be placed in danger for any inustries bottom line!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  20. Raymond Pare

    We the ppl are responsible for this spill due to our addiction for oil. This catastrophe is larger than our human capacity to fix it–it falls into the category of a natural disaster that only mother nature can handle, and she will with reasoned human assistance. So lets be cool headed and follow the Presidents measured lead rather than stampedeing him.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  21. Chris Moore

    you asked the question, 'why do people want emotion in the response?', i don't think urgency is an emotion, it is a responsibility. Obama's reaction mght as well been having BP for a visit in the rose garden for a beer.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  22. Dan

    What is the deal with you guys and your writers? Everything has to involve “ANGER”. Are we judged by the amount of “ANGER” we have to display?
    Do we have to have the President punch someone in the nose to satisfy the requirement to show “ANGER”.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:24 am |
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