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Old 05-03-2010, 10:14 PM
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The oil slick continues to grow in size, but remain over open Gulf waters with only small amounts of sheen impact the barrier islands along the Plaquemines Parish coast. The federal government forecast calls for the slick to shift more to the west by midweek, with increased threat to coastal areas in Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parish.

Federal authorities say the President has dispatched the secretaries of Commerce, Interior and Homeland Security, as well as the NOAA Administrator, to return to the Gulf Coast this week. They will be inspecting the ongoing, coordinated response efforts to mitigate the impact of the spill on public health, the environment and the economy. They will meet with business owners to discuss potential economic impacts of this spill across the Gulf Coast region.

Officials say that response crews continue to test a new technique to break up the oil before it reaches the surface. They are using remote controlled submarines to shoot subsurface dispersant at the oil leaking nearly a mile below the surface. Officials say they have seen "encouraging results so far." Nearly 3,000 gallons of subsea dispersants were applied. BP and NOAA continue to evaluate to determine the feasibility of future use of the subsea dispersants.

Crews hope to deploy a concrete and metal cone by the end of the week to place on top of the leaking oil well on the Gulf floor. The plan calls for using the massive structures to capture the oil and keep it from escaping into the Gulf by using pipes and hoses to pump the crude out of the cone to vessels on the surface. Like the use of subsea dispersants, this is an experimental procedure.

More than 2,000 volunteers have been trained to assist in the response effort to date. Volunteer recruitment efforts include outreach to local fishermen with boats, which can be used as vessels of opportunity to assist contractors in deploying boom. BP has indicated it will reimburse volunteers at the rate of $10 per hour. Contractors are also hiring people to support shoreline clean up. Contractor rates go as high as $18 per hour for supervisors.

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The first oil covered bird, a Northern Gannet or Morus bassanus, discovered following the BP oil rig disaster has been taken in for a thorough cleansing. Fortunately for the Gannet, a flock of lawyers have descended upon the Gulf coast states to save the day with much needed litigation.

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