Setback In Containing Oil Spill
BP suffered a setback on Saturday in an attempt to contain oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with a metal box when crystallized gas filled the structure.
Doug Suttle is BP's chief operating officer.
[Doug Suttle, BP's Chief Operating Officer]:
"I wouldn't say it's failed yet. What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn't work because these hydrates plugged up the top of the dome. What we're currently doing, and I suspect it will probably take the next 48 hours or so, is saying, 'Is there a way to overcome this problem?'. We did anticipate hydrates being a problem but not this significant."
As BP tries to solve the problem, oil keeps flowing unchecked into the Gulf iof Mexico in what could be the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
In the meantime, in an effort to protect the shores of Alabama, a string of orange booms were set in place by the U.S. Coast Guard and local fishermen.
Along Louisiana's shores, some sport fishermen said that the calamity hasn't changed their plans for a fishing expedition.
[Dean Gary, Sport Fisherman]:
"I think as long as BP cleans up the mess that we'll recover from this, just like we do from Hurricane Katrina or any other disaster. To me a disaster is a disaster whether it's man-made or by nature."
It's not only BP that's under the gun.
The federal government and the Coast Guard are also trying to limit the damage to the Gulf and coastlines of four states as an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil continue to pour into the Gulf each day.