|Published:||Jun 01, 2010 10:45 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 01, 2010 7:36 AM EDT|
Grand Isle, La.-Robot submarines are busy in the Gulf of Mexico taking equipment to the gulf's bottom, and cutting small pipes as BP prepares to take that next step on that blown-out oil well. While BP scrambles to plug the oil leak in the Gulf, President Obama meets with the people he appointed to investigate the disaster. It'll be his
first briefing from the independent commission since creating it two weeks ago.
Off the coast of Louisiana... engineers are about to give it another go.
BP hopes to put a cap over the well this week and use a new pipe to funnel the crude to ships on the surface.
But even if the fix works, it won't stop all of the gushing oil. Officials warn the flow may not be completely shut off until crews finish a relief well in August.
US Attorney general eric holder heads to the gulf today to meet with state and federal prosecutors. Several senators have asked the justice department
to determine whether BP should face criminal or civil charges.
Clean up crews are trying everything to minimize the impact of the disaster.
It took an entire team to wipe this oil soaked Pelican clean Monday. In Louisiana's delicate marshes, workers tried to wash crude off individual blades of grass.
"The crews are out here tirelessly day in day out in the hot sun physically
wiping them off with absorbent pads, trying to save as much as they can.//but
grass is going to die," said Coast Guard Spokesman Nyx Cangemi.
So far, Louisiana has been hit hardest but there's fear other areas could suffer the same fate. Forecasters say winds may kick up later this week pushing the oil slick closer to Mississippi and Alabama.