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May 28th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

CEO of BP calls oil spill 'environmental catastrophe'

(CNN) – BP's top official, who had previously said the environmental impact on the Gulf of Mexico would be modest, upgraded his assessment Friday to an "environmental catastrophe" during an interview with American Morning's John Roberts.

Also Friday, engineers in the Gulf tried the "junk shot" method in an attempt to stop a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's chief executive Tony Hayward said.

The procedure involved shooting debris such as shredded rubber tires, golf balls and similar objects into the blowout preventer in an attempt to clog it and stop the leak. The goal of the junk shot is to force-feed the preventer, the device that failed when the disaster unfolded, until it becomes so plugged that the oil stops flowing or slows to a relative trickle.

The company plans to resume its "top kill" method, pumping heavy mud into the leak, later Friday, he said.

President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf. Read more

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Larry Johnson

    Hi just had a couple of ideas that you might try one couldn't you put a heavy duty air bladder in side the tub and inflate like a balloon to hopefully stop the flow of oil tell a better fix can be done ' And the other one I was thinking is dig down on a angle about 100 feet or so and use shape charges to pinch off the pipe. Just trying to help but I think the air bladder one might work the best use the robotic sub to insert the air bladder in to the opening then inflate. Wish you the best .

    May 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  2. J.L.

    Ah, Tony, Tony, Tony... were you not the one just a couple of weeks ago that said, "I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest." Like we can really believe a word that comes out of your mouth... you're simple on the "telly" to spin some PR...

    May 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  3. tommy raddcliff

    everyone is so concerned about Louisiana, but no one makes mention of the fact that if the plankton dies, the fish die. if the fish die the ocean dies.
    if the ocean dies...we all die.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  4. jaynemstorey

    people must know that the now fired, ELIZABETH BIRNBAUM
    was under Bush/Cheney. and did horrible things with big oil.
    not Obama!
    People do not know this. they really don't.
    Ken Salazar said on Wed.
    "unlike the prior administration, this is not a candy store (The Minerals Management Service) of the the oil and gas KINGDOM"
    Then Rep. Dale Kildee lamented, "We want to put some people in jail, but putting them in jail does not undo the damage that was done."
    CNN is the only news i believe, and i was in communist Russia in 1972.
    please tell people that this is Bush/ Chaneys mess, not Obamas

    May 28, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  5. Art Vandele

    Tony Hayward's concern for the environment of the US seems as phoney as the birds nest he's wearing.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  6. star

    As far as the BP environmental catastrophe, should it be called an 'oil gusher' instead of an oil spill?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  7. star

    My brother is a USA Marine Vietnam vet. And yes he did serve in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. He was only 17 when he signed up. It was what he wanted to do so my parents went with him to sign him up.
    My parents were scared for him, but they were proud of him. I was skeptical and frightened. The letters we got back, practically all of it was blacked out with a black marker. Why? Don't have a clue. And neither did he.
    He made it home safely, only to be spit at and blamed for the war. But he survived all the criticism that came his way. Still it is a struggle, with him battling alcohol and drugs after the war.
    Managed to beat that battle as well. I am proud of my brother's achievements in his everyday struggles since the war. I love my brother.
    He is my baby brother. The best brother any girl could ever have.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  8. Corpus

    Per the live cam, a few minutes ago the text on the screen read "Monitoring does anyone thing they have gone on to the next recovery attempt and discarded the topkill?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  9. LuieT

    Thanks John,

    The way you ended the show today was very well done! It is amazing how many disabled veterans live a life of struggle, a daily grind, asking yourself why and when it will end. Yet, America goes on as if this was a sentence, as if veterans asked for this. It's always good to hear the media ask people to remember, when someone like you does it, it is extra special. I'm sure that was not in the script. Thanks again John, for remembering and asking others to do the same as well. Remember the ones that go on, in daily agony, maimed for life psychologically and physically and in many cases, both as well as the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice and to never forget the penultimate sacrifices of the ones that defended freedom!

    May 28, 2010 at 9:31 am |