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BP says its latest attempt at capping the gushing crude is working, but the Obama administration vows it won't rest until the company cleans up the spill and addresses its impact.

BP says its latest attempt at capping the gushing crude is working, but the Obama administration vows it won't rest until the company cleans up the spill and addresses its impact.

Oil spill response to be assessed on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – Almost a month after an oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, BP says its latest attempt at capping the gushing crude is working while the Obama administration vows it won't rest until the company cleans up the spill and addresses its impact.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and BP America Chairman Lamar McKay will appear before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to assess the response to what lawmakers are calling a "catastrophe."

"We will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead, the spill is cleaned up, and the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast are restored and made whole," Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement Sunday. Read more

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  1. mike sey

    It's going to rot a lot of people's socks now that Iran has agreed to the reprocessing of its uranium with Brazil and Turkey. Now that we've got what we claimed to want – a bomb-free Iran- what on earth are they going to do to ratchet up a new existential threat ?

    May 17, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  2. jeanette

    Regarding the statement from palin about obama, why didn't you do your job, do something for america besides talk, help someone else besides yourself, be a real leader.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  3. itsonTV

    It's a fine mess the oil companies have gotten ourselves into. Period.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  4. Pauly

    If AZ wants to get rid of illegal immigrants, they should send their labor dept to AZ businesses to make sure employees are not illegal workers. Make sure these co's are paying taxes & not paying undocumented workers under the table. However, there would be an uproar when these businesses had to raise prices when they have to pay minimum wage, benefits, health care, etc.

    Who would bus the tables at restaurants, clean the many hotels, motels & resorts, landscape those imported lawns & pick produce in 110 degree heat?

    May 17, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  5. john doe

    Borders, OK, 1. Not working!!! 2. Immigration "NOT WORKING"!!! Now I ask "YOU" the bloggers on CNN "WHAT STEPS could be taken to "END" this problem!!! SOUND OFF!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  6. Pauly

    Gov Brewer's next plan of action is to outlaw Mexican restaurants, ban Mexican food, ban students from going to Mexico on spring break, ban Air Mexico from using AZ airports & ban legal Mexican immigrants from joining law enforcement.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  7. Diane

    I'm not surprised that there has been a link found between ADHD and organophosphates: they are designed to work on nerve endings. As to how to reduce our own pesticide load, I suggest checking out the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen, a list of fruits and vegetables on which the most pesticides have been found. If possible, we should eat organic versions of these.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  8. Dave

    The BP COO was on CNN this morning. One would think that of all people this guy should be on top of ALL OPERATIONS. And yet, he seemed ignorant of most critical information regarding this fiasco in the Gulf. Simply unbelievable!

    I strongly suggest that CNN get to the bottom of this problem ( no pun intended ). Find out why only 1 Blow Out valve is required on Oil Platforms in American waters and yet European countries require two blowout valves!!! Dig deep, find out who in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate were/are responsible for saving the oil companies $500,000 dollars per valve per platform AND how does that compare to the daily costs to deal with the leaking oil from this platform?? Go get em CNN, let the chips fall where they may and if all 100 Senators voted for it then should be hoisted by their ownb pitard!!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  9. Leonard Hammond

    If I can help let me know.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  10. MeLoN

    All of a sudden? It was in the Oath of Office that Obama took.

    And the Great Wall of the US is a wonderful idea!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  11. Patriot1966

    @ Randall quote
    "Sarah Palin is back as a tool of those trying to continue tyrannical persuasion on the Constitution."

    I would much rather see Sarah preserving the constitution than what the current Admin. and aclu continue to trample it into the ground.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  12. Patriot1966

    Censoring on this page could use some improvements too

    May 17, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  13. Pauly

    Funny how all of a sudden it's the President's job to secure the border. AZ has had 2 of the most powerful Senators in the country representing them for many years. McCain now wants to fix the danged fence that he used to be against building! Why not just build the Great Wall of the US?

    May 17, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  14. Patriot1966

    Not that I am a tree huger. yet with this spill, the troubles and doubts that even the design engineers had prior to even drilling, adding to that now. Just maybe we are reaching beyond where we should be at this time. A mile below sea level is as unknown as going to Mars..... Everything is speculative at best. Until designs can be in place where the company would feel comfortable in raising a family on a house boat right beside it. So to speak anyways

    May 17, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  15. Bill

    Could you please tell us which organophosphates are the culprit pesticides, i.e., malathione, etc. What about pyrethrin-based pesticides; are they safe?

    May 17, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  16. Pauly

    Both Miss USA & Gov Arnie are US citizens. That makes them Americans!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  17. Randall of Texas

    Terrible mispeaks just noted!

    It is the Republican ladies and the Democratic women! And there is a big noticeable difference between Republican ladies and Democratic women.

    A Lady is a person that only wants her roses bloom and a Woman is a person that wants her roses and everyone elses to bloom as well.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  18. john doe

    Ok, I speak for no "MAN" and/or no "Woman"!!! WE speak for ourselves no one else!!! Now what do you do when your voice is not being heard??? HUH!!! "UNITED WE STAND" "DIVIDED WE FALL"!!! It's time to call the masses together!!! Are you an American!!! Or do you just call yourself one??? USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  19. MeLoN

    Obama .. do you job SECURE OUR BORDERS.

    That woman on CNN wants open borders?

    May 17, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  20. Randall of Texas

    Run this through you old thinker MeloN. We are a 21st century nation that relies on a government ran by an 18th century technology systems.

    Sarah Palin is back as a tool of those trying to continue tyrannical persuasion on the Constitution.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  21. MeLoN

    Labor Unions were useful 50 years ago... today they are a burden on society.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  22. Marquis

    BP should pay all expenses and should be fined by the EPA daily until all the oil is cleaned all

    May 17, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  23. Patriot1966

    Randall, I agree union have helped in many ways. Yet at the same time I believe they too have fallen to the Tyranny Disorder.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  24. tom gervasi

    Good job John.. I think Doug Suttles,BP, instead of looking good, acting as a nice guy and NOT answering questions on CNN, should go to the gulf and start soaking up some oil with his shirt,,,,

    May 17, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  25. MeLoN

    *correction.. Miss USA

    May 17, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  26. Tim

    A flow rate of 5000 barrels a day out of a nine inch pipe works out to a flow rate of only three quarters of a gallon per second. The video looks like a lot more than that.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  27. john doe

    Baby steps people, I can tell by the bolgs on this page, "WE all need help" and YES I like "THE CNN CENSOR"!!! Got anymore!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  28. Randall of Texas

    MeloN you and I and Carol Costello would not enjoy the lifestyle we do today if were not for the labor unions.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  29. Randall of Texas

    Donald Trump is a tyrannt!

    He recently said on nationwide cable television that he did business with the Chinese all the time and they thought we were the dumbest S.O.B.'s in the world! Who could better represent American ignorance than Donald Trump. This guy caters to arrogance. American arrogance is one key fuel in the radical Muslims jihad.

    A tanning butler...oh lord!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  30. Patriot1966

    @ Randall .. well said

    Tyranny is prosperous in America today.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  31. MeLoN

    Only in America can a non-American become Miss and Governor of a US state.

    OH,, the irony.

    Actually it explains alot about the state of the US today. We are dying as a country.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  32. Pauly

    If you believe BP, I cetainly don't, then they are now siphoning "most" of the oil. Last week, they proclaimed that they had recovered 97,000 barrels of the leaked oil. That would have been "most" of the approximated 120,000 barrles leaked. Now the evidence is suggesting that a lot more oil leaked/is leaking & there are giant plumes beneath the Gulf's surface.

    Somewhere down the road, BP will claim that the dispersants caused more damage than the oil. Since the EPA ok'd the dispersants, BP will state the govt shares in the damages. BP will attempt, and probablyy succeed in passing a lot of the costs to the taxpayer. No matter what they are stating now.

    After more than 18 years, Exxon hasn't cleaned up their spill. Many of those who suffered the consequences died while waiting for their reimbursements. Others continue to wait. Since it will be many years before the effects of the spill are realized. I don't see BP paying for speculation on future lost earnings.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  33. MeLoN

    Anybody that goes on strike should be instantly fired .. and replaced by people that want to actually work.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  34. Patriot1966

    An interesting perspective from "You Don't Speak for Me" on the facebook page. Censored here, prob a bit to long, but worth the read!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  35. MeLoN

    Hey... BP.. can I get a bail out?

    May 17, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  36. Randall of Texas

    First thing on BP is that they have $6.84 billion in cash as reported...and with a continued following of customers then they have chances to continue profitabilty. As of December 2009 Goldman Sachs owned 11,583,492 shares of BP!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  37. MeLoN

    Why are you typing my name?

    May 17, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  38. Dave

    There has been a guy in Surfers Paridise Australia who has been spray painting tourists with san screen for years.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  39. Randall of Texas

    MeloN this mornings show is an attempt by the CNN producers to gain controlling per centage of the American College Sororities viewership.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  40. john doe

    Ahhh, Tanning Bulter!!! I see my furture calling!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  41. MeLoN

    I see the CNN censor is alive and well this

    Where is Kiran this morning?

    May 17, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  42. Frank

    It is disconcerting that this country can put a man on the moon and can't figure out how to stop a pipe leak. BP should have had a plan in place to deal with such an accident before it happened. Not trying to figure out a solution after the fact. They shouldn't be allowed to operate at all until they do.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  43. Randall of Texas

    Strict government oversite robert? Our government institutions are so corrupt it is time we free up the word evil and begin using it more readily!

    Our constitution was constructed to prevent against tyranny and George Washington even warned against the corrupt ruling through parties. If you are one that is knowingly and willingly trying to deprive or knowingly depriving anyone of their constitutional rights then you constitute yourself as a tyrannt!

    Tyrannts are evil people as witnessed in the past century which was the most blood thirsty of all centuries with over 50 million systematically eliminated.

    Even the American Press has abandoned its theoretical role as the protectorate of the individual rights for the corporate greed and profits. Television is anchored by so many with their smugness! How many times did you hear about getting to go to the White House Press Dinner with one newscaster telling another that it is the sign of having finally arrived when you get to attend.

    Tyranny is prosperous in America today.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  44. Karen

    I don't understand why, we the people, are paying for Shahzad to be kept in a hotel. Is it because he's talking and the government is afraid if they put him in jail he will stop talking. I'd keep talking to stay out of jail, even if I had to make up lies.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  45. john doe

    MELON, I'm not trying to tell you to quit "TRYING", You keep working on your "shyness", and "YES" You are apart of "WE THE PEOPLE"!!! The most important part!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  46. Jason

    I am glad to finally see that there is an improvement made to cap that well....however, what are the procedures when that ship gets too full? Is there another ship heading in that direction in order to relieve it of it's full load or to take over in case there is a lot more oil that will be gushing out since there is apparently no way to shut it off? What happens when the ship gets full....are they going to have oil gushing back out into the ocean until that other ship gets there? These are just some of the things to think about. They may have a valve on this new contraption to shut down the flow to the ships but what happens if the pressure is way to great and will not hold....I mean....this does seem pretty temporary and weak to continue on this path.....they need to capp off that well permanently...

    May 17, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  47. Jason

    I would have to agree with you Mike Anthony. BP should claim the responsibility morally and financially for this spill accident. They are the ones drilling so they should pay. They reap all the benefits when they raise the prices of gas so they should have more than enough to spare their pride and some of their financial prosperity to pay for what they have done. An accident is an accident but an accident of this magnitude needs to be addresses by those that commit to making it happen. In this case BP.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  48. maurice

    things like this happen cause our government doesnt care about us as it does its foriegn intrest which is ashame..american people are in need of a tier5 extension and we keep gettin the boot in our butts..and the news station continue to turn a blind eye to stories likes this..its time for us to take back out governtment and our media,and let the voices of ordinary american people be heard...not politican or people in hollyweird..american people with american dreams..

    May 17, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  49. maurice

    wondering why the story about how congress is screwing the american people who have been with out jobs over two yrs,and has exhausted all of their unemployment benefits(99 weeks). why hasnt this story gain any public viewing..constantly congress and the senate remain to stay disconnected with the american could u respond to disasters abroad but cant respond to high unemployment in your own country..not the president congress has done this time and time again and wether republican or democra we must stick together and vote on people that are gonna hear our voices not the voices of lobbyist or cororate ceo's cause it seems like main street is once again being left out in the cold.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  50. john doe

    MELON, Read the blog on the newsroom section!!! "WE THE PEOPLE" got u covered "HON"!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  51. robert

    Research and actual testing must be done to deal with future problems. Oil company testing with strict government over site.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  52. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Let's hope that at some point they can stop the oil leak.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  53. Mike Anthony

    I think BP should Cover all the expense for cleaning that mess up. We the people can not afford to pay them for the mess they make.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:56 am |