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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A BP official says oil pouring from its damaged Gulf of Mexico well could be shut off as early as next week. BP also acknowledged the leak is bigger than estimated to date."]

BP: Oil leak into Gulf could be stopped by next week

(CNN) – A BP official says a gusher of oil pouring from its damaged Gulf of Mexico well could be shut off as early as next week.

BP Managing Director Bo Dudley said Thursday night the company will pump fluids into the well this weekend in the beginning of a process that - if successful - could lead to the leak finally being closed off in a matter of days.

"If that option doesn't work, we've got a second and a third option we'll do after that," Dudley said on CNN's Larry King on Thursday. "We're hopeful that next week we'll be able to shut it off."

Earlier in the day, BP acknowledged that the underwater gusher is bigger than estimated to date, as new video showed a cloud of crude billowing around its undersea siphon. Read more

Watch: LIVE video of leak from BP

Pakistani Taliban plotting to strike U.S.?

U.S. intelligence has strong reason to believe that the Pakistani Taliban is actively plotting to hit interests in the U.S. and American targets overseas, a U.S. official told CNN Thursday.

The concerns about the group that authorities say directed the Times Square bombing plot are coming from multiple streams of information, including from Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bombing suspect, the official said.

The official told CNN that CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Jim Jones relayed the new terror threat information to Pakistan's government on their trip there earlier this week.

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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Doug thats a good idea we can fill up and drive off without prosecution

    May 21, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  2. Patriot

    BTW, really enjoyed the morning dose of humor. The idea of placing and detonating explosives in the or near the well head.. Lets test that theory, Turn on your gas stove without the pilot light... wait 30 mins then strike a match. Please report back here and let us know how that worked out for you.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  3. Bruce

    I think it is totally wrong for a nun to be ex-communicated for saving a woman's life. I am personally fed up with the catholic church micromanaging people's lives. Leave medical decisions to medical professionals, not the clergy! Congratulations to the nun for saving a life.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  4. Randall of Texas

    CNN's Hero of the Week provides so much Hope that it should Win Awards!

    May 21, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  5. doug of kentucky

    lets just run a pipe to the oil spill and load tankers every day .that way we have all the oil we will ever need! beings it seemingly wont stop on its own or will it?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. AMir

    I think your right about those stocks because I believe that england is set to have a dip around a year from now. I believe their airline in not privatlely owned "I believe".

    May 21, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Lance Armstrong needs to put his training wheels back on his bike .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  8. MeLoN

    It is more unAmerican not to be realistic about FACTS.

    Facts are the enemy of truth.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  9. Patriot

    Seeing many here ask why the Government hasn't stepped in and taken over the spill..
    Come on folks, the government is well involved in this. They will not take over for they/we have no clue how to do this. If they publicly take over then they will carry the scrutiny of the public and world. Everyone has ideas and theories as to how to approach and plug the leak..
    Engineering is working feverishly in all corners of the world on this.
    There is not a single person (except the insane) in this world that does not want to see this stopped/plugged.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  10. doug

    if the oil is spewing thousands of gallons of oil and seems to never end.....then why do we supposedly have an oil shortage in the usa? seems we have a never ending pipeline or will it just run out on its own?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  11. MeLoN

    Pauly... you speak Democratic "truths" not American truth... in other words... rambling with the threat of logic.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  12. michael

    – discharge "liquid nitrogen" into leaking pipe thru a small hose from surface inserted as far in as possible – thank you

    May 21, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  13. Randall of Texas

    A single recycled aluminium can will conserve enough energy to allow a Television to burn 3 hours from the electric power grid. You do matter!

    That is the cot of reformulating a new aluminium can..3 hours...

    May 21, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  14. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Im not going to eat any sea food from the gulf there's no telling what those chemicals will do to your health were trusting a bunch of lier's .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  15. MeLoN

    Nancy.. how is anything I said anti-American? Unlike YOU I understand that Americans can't go around doing whatever they want to whomever they want and not expect reprisals. You think Americans have the "GOD" given right to impose their will on the rest of the world and expect the world to just take it. That is not the reality of the real world.

    America should treat people as they want to be treated.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  16. michael

    – insert a pipe/hose containing a shut off valve into the existing hole that would have a flange that expands inside and does not have back pressure to oil escaping – then shut off valve ...

    May 21, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  17. Pauly

    Ann, if AZ's new law mirrors federal law so much, why is there an uproar? Why are cities like Austin & El Paso, TX, St Paul, MN & Hartford, CT joining the boycott of AZ?

    In the US, probable cause, not reasonable suspicion has always been the threshhold to question and/or detain anyone.

    I have been to many parts of Mexico many times & have never been asked for documents.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  18. Randall of Texas

    The Pope and anti-abortion and against contraceptive! Mexico is pretty much Catholic isn't Pope Germany? Got a solution for the overflow coming to America for a better life? Leave to us Americans because we eventually will deal with it and find a way not agreeable to all but tolerable and hopeful.

    These Tyranno-Christians that have to dictate religion to their followers are absurd. Jesus only had 3 commandments and I believe the average guy and woman can try as best they can to live along along the lines of those 3.

    Religious leaders need to leave religion alone.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  19. Tim

    It appears that a few republican senators have realized that they are there to serve their constituents, not the party and its special interests.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  20. Leta

    And the Catholic Church wants Catholics to "come home." Why should they when the church hierarchy values an organized group of cells that cannot live outside the womb more than the woman the cells are living in? So, the woman should die or the woman the organized cells (fetus) should die but the woman should never live? Shame on the church. Shame.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  21. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Bad People oil company can not be trusted and neither can any of the others .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  22. michael nyc

    Can any thing be done ? – now that the coast guard is protecting BP from media and any reasonable fix what can we do or have done ?

    There are POSSIBLE STOP LEAKS that are never aired in the the media that could have been done from "DAY ONE" –
    but who would be allowed to implement them ?
    Possible stop leaks:

    – drill deep (about 1000ft) new adjacent shaft a few feet away from old shaft – place explosive charge at bottom and fill/cover/seal with cement – explode charge to collapse wall and fill with rock, earth etc.

    p.s. the use of dispersing chemicals make surface removal impossible and poisons the sea – really stupid....
    p.s. current plan to bring oil to suface by inserting a smaller pipe does not seal the leak and is only temporary
    p.s. mud plug will blow back in their face – and waste another 4 days till Sunday

    May 21, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  23. nancy

    MeLoN May 21st, 2010 6:06 am ET

    Good Morning John and Kiran!

    The oil spill shut off by as early as next next?... How very nice of them! Only about 5 weeks too late,tho.

    And of of course the Pakistan Taliban is plotting to attack the US. How's the old saying go?.. Turn about is fair play. The US has been attacking Pakistan for years now. It's to be expected.

    Chickens coming home to roost and all that."

    Are YOU even a citizen of the USA? I'm surprised CNN allows your Anit-American drivel.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  24. Randall of Texas

    Figure this one out for me America; we enter into two wars and there is a tax cut...oops there were 3 Wars started...the third was the slaughter of the Middle Class as a result of the rich man's tax cut...and you still want us to listen to Ed Rollins and Newt Gingrich?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  25. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    With all the doom and gloom on the news how about a little happy time let John do some jamming .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  26. Tim

    BP is doing what big oil, large corporations have done forever lie. I have a productive suggestion for the future. To ensure a safe as possible offshore oil operations the government should consider adapting a program the Navy created after the Threasher went down called Subsafe. This was a program that insured accounablity, quality control and procedures that were consistant tested and safe. We only lost the Scorpion since then and that was probably a weapons casualty caused by an unforseen anomaly.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  27. Sarah

    Can we get some real news please!?! Why are we hearing a story about tv shows. I don't care about "lost," there are more important things to be talking about than tv.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  28. Randall of Texas

    No Kiran what Rand Paul is doing is blindly supporting the capitalistic free slaughtering of our constitution.

    Dennis Blair, John and the rest of the intelligence is forced to pursue a policy that is guided by Jewish, oil corporation and Ivy League corporate guided ignorance.

    The big 3, Corporations, Ivy League and Israel are on the run at Wall Street and they can't find time for the truth there.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  29. Ann Bates

    Hypocrisy–how about these examples. A school not being allowed to play in Arkansas because of disagreement with policies but China with human rights and press abuses is okay. Members of Congress applauding the criticism of a state law that mirrors federal law which they are pledged to uphold. A Mexican president criticicizing US law and pracitices when his own country's actions are far more draconian. (I had to show my passport in 3 different towns in one day in Mexico while on vacation.) Finally, look in the mirror as you pretend outrage and mirth at hypocrisy, but fail constantly to point out these and many more examples when they aren't PC in your minds.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  30. Pauly

    Democratic Sen Landrieu & several GOP lawmakers have stated they are against raising the liability cap because it would force mom & pop operators to shut down. Who are they trying to kid? How many mom & pop operations can afford a rig that costs 100's of millions of dollars?

    Besides, if a company can't afford to pay for damages they cause, they shouldn't be in business!!! BP said an acoustic swich that costs a half million dollars was too expensive for them. How many mom & pop operators can afford it then? If BP can't afford to change the dead battery in a blow out prevented, then who can?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  31. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I bet you guys didnt know John could jam on an electric guitar I seen him jam about three years ago on American morning he's pretty good .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  32. Agent Mulder

    We have not "Lost"...

    The show is not over yet...

    You must believe!...

    Document X...End Game

    May 21, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  33. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I want to see John play some rock -n- roll .

    May 21, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  34. Pauly

    Millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf & almost a million gallons of toxic dispersants. And BP states the environmental damge will be very, very modest. Yeah, right.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  35. Randall of Texas

    Pauly great contribution.

    I am sickened by this Rand Paul stupidity and claim for local and state deceisions being retyrned to these rascist areas. We tried that stuff Rand and it was called slavery.

    In Texas the State Board of education is changing the lay of the land by teaching the Jefferson Davis' inaugration speech alng side Lincoln and that the courts we wrong in seperation of church and state which is recisely why they are eliminating alot of mention of Thomas Jefferson who coined the state and church term. What the idiots don't know on that board is that Thomas Jefferson literally went into hock to allow funds to create public school education. The man actually went into debt so the children would get an education.

    And get this Stonewall Jackson will be taught to be a hero i n Texas. Sam Houston was against succession and was vocal in his opposition to it. And the only statue tribute to the North in the entire state is in Fredericksburg, Texas where a group of Texas citizens set out to join the Union forces and they were intercepted and slaughtered by confederate sympathizers before they got out of the state.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  36. Isai Castro

    Good Morning everyone!

    I personally feel that BP is not doing everything they can. They may not even know what to do. We the US should step in since they spill has entered our waters and do it our self's. After we fix it then we bill them.
    I think they are trying everything that's cheap which it is very noticeable.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  37. Pauly

    I'm sorry if the truth hurts Melon. Even though some in the GOP now claim they don't remember the slogan drill baby, drill, they were in New Orleans 10 days prior stating the same old slogan. Sister Sarah & others were stating that the time for research & studies was over & it's time to drill baby, drill.

    Prior to the spill, LA & MS were receiving more than 2 bucks for every buck they were sending to DC in federal taxes!!! Don't take my word for it, do some research. Oh, I forgot, you don't like to rely on facts.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  38. James H. of LA

    Kiran, the engineer from yesterday said that it was 20-100,000 barrels per day from the large leak. He also said that it was 25,000 barrels per day from the small leak. Ergo, his estimate range was actually 45-125,000 barrels per day (not 20,000-100,000 as you stated).

    May 21, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    America needs to use B.P. as an example for other oil company's if we allow them to get away with this with no one going to prison this tragic event is sure to happen again .

    May 21, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  40. MeLoN

    Can someone post that address to the spill cam please.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  41. Randall of Texas

    Fran Townsend is a mirror product of James Baker noted rigger of the Bush constituional case to put George W. Bush in the White House.

    RIG is also the stock symbol for Transocean the BP driller in this oil spill.

    Baker and Botts where they make the laws and then break them.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  42. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The intel. chief is working with unintellegent people and is getting while the getting's good .

    May 21, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  43. MeLoN

    Pauly's back to spewing the party line again – he'll never learn nor does he actually want to be part of the solution.

    Way to go Pauly.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  44. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    60 minutes showed that B.P. was well aware of there blow out preventer before it malfuctioned but did nothing to fix it these people are criminals and should be prosecuted as such .

    May 21, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  45. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Good morning.

    I just wanted to comment on the segment with one of my favorite's, Christine Romans. I'd also add that it wasn't just the shady activity of Wall Street exec's that caused the crisis. Therefore, if we fix Wall Street it will only be a solution to one of many problems. Wall Street had been doing stuff for decades and it only got to the crisis point, in my opinion, because of $5.00 gas killing regular people who had to drive to work. Upon having to spend more on gas, we stopped spending entertainment money and eating at restaurants. That problem made a perfect storm with wall street's shenanigans to boil the system over. We need to put more work and money into fuel cell technology, and other environment friendly options. That will help our country a lot.

    *Sorry moderator for posting so much.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  46. Ed

    It is about time for the federal government to step in and seal that well. BP seems more interested in the oil their losing and not stoppimg the flow of oil. Perhaps an arrest of one or two BP officials would change their minds.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  47. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    What kind of cancer is this dispersent going to cause when we eat sea food .

    May 21, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  48. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Whats the difference between a slot machine and the stock market .

    May 21, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  49. Patriot

    Blaming BP as absolute responsibility is like blaming the unlicensed pharmacist for a bad batch of heroin. We elect federal reps. to look after us as a nation and our interests, they did exactly what we wanted, they assisted those who could feed our addiction. If they said no more to feeding us, we would remove them from their positions and put someone in there to feed us.

    As long as there is a demand someone will provide it. Those who suffer addictions will do whatever is needed to get their fix.... WE THE PEOPLE have allowed this to happen. So the negligence falls upon all of us.
    Yet like any addict, it’s not my fault it is the drug and the dealers fault.

    Stand up America and be honest, take the responsibility for feeding our own addiction.
    Btw it is Rev. 16-3

    May 21, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  50. Pauly

    The GOP is scrambling now that Rand Paul was a little too honest w/ their agenda. Govt's bad & has no right to be telling private business what they can & can not do. Much of the focus has been on Paul saying private business should be able to discriminate against any group of people they see fit.

    However, their stance applies to all private businesses & any regulation. If financials want to gable on risky loans & cause the economy to collapse. They should have that right. If oil co's want to drill in the Gulf, the govt shouldn't have any say. If insurance co's want to cancel your coverage once you get sicj=k, it's their business.

    Bobby Jindal was adamant about the federal govt allowing the states to do as they please. He was all for drill, baby, drill. He was against the stimulus because we "don't have any money." However, he now is asking every federal agency for money to fix the problem cause by a private business. He won't do anything until he gets the fed govt to pay for it. Where is the state's responsibility in this?

    Instead of being in the marshes trying to clean up the oil, he takes the media out on a boat to show them some of the oil. He says its life or death. However when environmental groups warned him about a spill happening, he said it was hogwash. This is the same guy who put his name & office on the stimulus checks he said he didn't want. All of a sudden, he has no worries about the govt "not having the money." Drill, baby, drill. Let the oil co's drill when, where & how they want. Just don't ask the federal taxpayer to bail you or them out when something goes wrong!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  51. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    All hails breaking loose in all so many different way's .

    May 21, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  52. Bill

    Everything has a cost, every cause an effect. While the oil spill is tragic it must also be viewed in the context of time and benefits derived from from such exploration both from a historical and overall economic perspective. If you really don't want this type of thing to happen, park your vehicle and go hang out with the Amish, otherwise maybe just be quiet.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  53. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Patriot Were addicted to atomic energy also but just like this oil rig what corners are they cutting to save money .

    May 21, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  54. Randall of Texas

    This is the last paragraph made by BP to the SEC called a 6-K which is a Press Release: May 20th,2001

    Bank of America owns 14,336,588 shares of BP

    Surface Spill Response and Containment

    Work continues to collect and disperse oil that has reached the surface of the sea. Over 930 vessels are involved in the response effort, including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels.

    Intensive operations to skim oil from the surface of the water have now recovered, in total, some 187,000 barrels (7.8 million gallons) of oily liquid. The total length of boom deployed as part of efforts to prevent oil reaching the coast is now more than 1.9 million feet, including over 500,000 feet of sorbent boom.

    In total over 19,000 personnel from BP, other companies and government agencies are currently involved in the response to this incident. So far about 19,000 claims have been filed, and some 8,000 payments have been made.

    I was reading about Kevin Costner's $24 million device day before yesterday and it's existence since the Valdez oil spill...he's way behind schedule in getting the devices awareness known if it works..

    Not as far behind as poor Ted Turner! That poor guy is 36 years behind in dealing with environmental efforts and truly his drive to billionairehood was a great contributor to polluting our earth and air...the stuff was screaming all aboard 36 years ago! Now Turner is gonna get with T. Boone Pickens and begin a role as a new!

    Brazil began its autofuel processes in 1974...not us we were on the road to billionairehood the wholesale polluting by plastics...I am waiting for the rationing of gasoline to students at least...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  55. Patriot

    The spill in the gulf is more than tragic !!

    We have plenty of time to hang those responsible, right now the focus should be focused on stopping, clean up and doing all that WE can do to min. the damage to the world.

    It is easy for all of us to blame someone when the blame actually falls upon all of us. We as a whole allow this drilling in waters this deep. We as a people are addicted to oils as any other addiction. We will do anything we can to get the fix, no matter the risks nor cost to others and things around us.

    Good Morning, my name is Patriot and I am an addict.
    Willing to challenge that there are not many brave and willing to admit this!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  56. jim wilson

    This oil situtation is the single most important event to ever take place on planet earth. Outside of the birth of Christ. If this event is the event that is being described in Rev. ch 16 v 3, its over for planet earth.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  57. MeLoN

    The Catholic Church ex-communicating a Nun. The Church protects kiddie fiddling priests but ex-communicates a nun for saving a woman's life.

    A perfect example as to why one shouldn't be a Catholic.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  58. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The art work should show up for ransom soon .

    May 21, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  59. MeLoN

    People refusing to listen to doctor's orders/ideas just proves natural selection at work. Stupid people think they know better than science deserves what they get.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  60. Irene

    Greed and lack of oversight.......sound familiar!

    BP should be held as accountable as they can be for this catastrophe! Our government has to provide MORE OVERSIGHT and REGULATION of the oil industry.

    Things have been too cozy with the oil companies..........SHAME ON US for helping allow this environmental disaster to happen!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  61. David Guimond

    I'll believe it when I see it. Why fix something that will jack up oil prices thus gas prices. But will create jobs to clean up the black oil to preserve the green (if any is left by then). So the spin will be positive for the oil companies and the Corporate Entities that (Mostly Republican owned) are failing and thus more industrial accidents will happen, causing more damage and demanding more of our money to bail them out of this depressed (Democrat Run) period. When will the people wake up? Replace the encumbants (the career politicians) It's time to revamp our election rules 3 months of running max all positions have 2 term limits From president to house representatives. The mailouts must show all voting decisions by each nominee.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  62. Pauly

    BP had been stating 5,000 barrels a day were leaking. Then in an attempt to show they were getting the upper hand, they came out & stated they were siphoning 5,000 barrels a day. Then their live video showed oil still gushing at a large rate. Oooops!!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  63. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Bad People belong in jail .B.P.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  64. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The biggest thing we could do right now to fight this gulf oil event is to throw some B.P. people in prison .

    May 21, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  65. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    I hope all intelligence agencies are learning to work it together in a manner they failed to exercise in the past keeping information to self thinking it could resolve. Terrorists in country and terrorists out of country trying to do damage within should have all agencies learning to share information better than once was exercised by these very agencies.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  66. MeLoN

    YO.. Landis... nobody likes a rat.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  67. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    With the new estimates this should be seen as far worse and far more reaching than the Alaskan spill. Where there was containment of costs with the Alaskan spill this will not be the case as BP has already lost containment.


    May 21, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  68. MeLoN

    Good Morning John and Kiran!

    The oil spill shut off by as early as next next?... How very nice of them! Only about 5 weeks too late,tho.

    And of of course the Pakistan Taliban is plotting to attack the US. How's the old saying go?.. Turn about is fair play. The US has been attacking Pakistan for years now. It's to be expected.

    Chickens coming home to roost and all that.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:06 am |