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 BP CEO: 'We will be here for a very long time'
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                                                By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press Writer – Thu Jun 3, 2:28 pm ET

                                                HOUSTON – BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward says the
                                                company should know in 12 to 24 hours whether its latest effort will
                                                contain the Gulf oil spill, though he conceded the attempt is risky.

                                                Hayward said Thursday that the risk had been reduced after a major
                                                pipe was cut away earlier in the day. Government officials have warned
                                                that cutting away the pipe could, at least temporarily, increase the flow
                                                of oil by 20 percent.

                                                Hayward says the company will be on the Gulf coast for a long time
 AP – In this image made from video released
 by British Petroleum (BP PLC), oil can be      cleaning up the spill and will continue until every drop of oil is
 seen pouring out of …                          recovered.

               Slideshow : Gulf Coast Oil       THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further
                                                information. AP's earlier story is below.

                                                METAIRIE, La. (AP) — BP sliced off a pipe with giant shears Thursday
               Video: Oil w ashes into
                                                in the latest bid to curtail the worst spill in U.S. history, but the cut
            Mobile Bay, on Fort Morgan,
            Ala. AP                             was jagged and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more

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 "We'll have to see when we get the containment cap on it just how effective it is," Allen said. "It will be a test
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 away a section of the 20-inch-wide riser removed a kink in the pipe, and could temporarily increase the flow of
 oil by as much as 20 percent.
 Live video footage showed oil spewing uninterrupted out of the top of the blowout preventer, but Allen said it
 was unclear whether the flow had increased.
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 "I don't think we'll know until the containment cap is seated on there," he said. "We'll have to wait and see."                                      Yahoo! News focuses on your
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 President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana coast Friday to assess the latest efforts, his third trip to
 the region since the April 20 disaster. It's also his second visit in a week.
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 Oil drifted six miles from the Florida Panhandle's popular sugar-white beaches, and crews on the mainland
 were doing everything possible to limit the catastrophe.
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 Mark Johnecheck, a 68-year-old retired Navy captain from Pensacola, sat on a black folding chair as rough
 surf crashed ashore at Pensacola Beach and children splashed in the water. Johnecheck has lived in the
 Pensacola area since the 1960s, but doesn't come to the beach very often.

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 He said the arrival of the oil seems foregone: "I don't know what else they can do," he said. "It just makes you
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 Next to her chair is a small white pail full of sugary Panhandle sand. She will take it home and put it in a
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 "I'm taking it home before it gets black," she said.

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 Officials said the slick sighted offshore consisted in part of "tar mats" about 500 feet by 2,000 feet in size.
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 unprotected because they are too difficult to defend against the action of the waves and because they are
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 Anne Wilson, a 62-year-old retired teachers aide who has lived in Pensacola Beach for the last year and a
 half, felt helpless.
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 "There's nothing more you can do," said Wilson, who lived in Valdez, Alaska, near the Exxon spill in 1989.                    Girl' Blanche, dies in NY (AP) 5 minutes ago
 "It's up to Mother Nature to take care of things. Humans can only do so much."
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 officials are promoting interactive Web maps and Twitter feeds to show travelers — particularly those from
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 The effect on wildlife has grown, too.
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 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported 522 dead birds — at least 38 of them oiled — along the Gulf coast                 Colem an's parents seek custody of his
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 states, and more than 80 oiled birds have been rescued. It's not clear exactly how many of the deaths can be
 attributed to the spill.

 Dead birds and animals found during spills are kept as evidence in locked freezers until investigations and
 damage assessments are complete, according to Teri Frady, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and
 Atmospheric Administration.

 "This includes strict chain-of-custody procedures and long-term locked storage until the investigative and
 damage assessment phases of the spill are complete," she wrote in an e-mail.


 Associated Press writers Adam Geller and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans, Melissa Nelson and Matt
 Sedensky in Pensacola and Travis Reed in Miami also contributed to this report.

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            Texbella13 Sat May 01, 2010 02:06 am PDT Report Abuse                                         10782         2306
            BP. Bad track record for 12 or so years at least. Explosions in the Houston metropolitan area,
            leaks, now this. Can't keep up with damage control. Tragic.
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            Braveheart Sat May 01, 2010 02:08 am PDT Report Abuse                                         7344          9827
            better now than later when they would have had 1000s of these dangerous wells going for their
            greedy gain.
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            Helena Handbasket Sat May 01, 2010 02:18 am PDT Report Abuse                                  19381         7168
            Reg wrote: "Where is the government oversight?"
            Oh sure, now that there's been a disaster all the right-wingers run around saying the government
            should have more regulations so this wouldn't have happened. That would be the same government
            that the rest of the time you don't want to be able to regulate ANYTHING, because after all,
            corporations always have the public interest at heart -- right?
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            Robert Sat May 01, 2010 02:19 am PDT Report Abuse                                             8108          3834
            Finally the world will understand there is no way to clean an oil spill....welcome to the myth...this is
            catastrophic...but now everyone will no there is no good way to do it at all .....when will we take our
            world back....
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            Thom as Sat May 01, 2010 02:19 am PDT Report Abuse                                            7711          1262
            why cant they make a huge clamp with a relief valve, drop it down, clamp around the leak, then seal
            the relief valve on the clamp? i know its deep but i cant beleive we cant make something and bring
            all resources in the world to bear on this problem. at least have some oil tankers out there as
            holding tanks for skimmers sucking up the oil right at tdc of where its coming out, that could cut oil
            down alot. just my 2 cents. If we can land a man on the moon in the 60's for sure we should be able
            to do something with this fast.
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            Andy Sat May 01, 2010 02:20 am PDT Report Abuse                                               2396          6936
            Everyone wants us to drill off shore... well u got it. Better to let others drill.
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            Am elie Sat May 01, 2010 02:20 am PDT Report Abuse                                            2029          7123
            Depressurization could be responsible for current rash of earthquakes! ! !
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            Tiffany Sat May 01, 2010 02:22 am PDT Report Abuse                                                    7920            3633
            why has it taken so long for the government to help, kind of reminds people of another disaster that
            the government took to long to help. I can't stand the fact that it's takes another country less time to
            get help from our own government than we get. I feel that they need to take care of home first. thats
            like saying we are not important enough to come first.
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            Doug H Sat May 01, 2010 02:25 am PDT Report Abuse                                                    12644            3934
            Wow!!! Alot of really big words and armchair quarter backs. whether anyone likes it or not, oil
            makes the world go around. Petroleum is used in virtually every aspect of our lives and day to day
            activities. I am always amazed when I see the "Ban offshore drilling" bumper sticker....on a car that
            runs on oil products......and is built using petroleum based products. Parked in the garage built with
            materials hauled by fuel burning vessels from tranes to planes. So before everyone jumps on the I
            hate big oil band wagon....try and visualize how difficult life would be without it...... Just my .02.
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            Brenda Sat May 01, 2010 02:27 am PDT Report Abuse                                                     1877            336
            Why are there talks of S.W.A.T. teams being urgently deployed at these rigs? Why send armed
            response teams to an oil leak? Is there something else we should know about this whole incident?
            If my house catches fire, I don't call the army in to deal with it. What's going on here?
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