Monday’s Oil Spill Briefing: New sensors to gauge leakage

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

News of the day

1. BP began installing new robotic sensors near the broken oil well Sunday in an effort to nail down the amount of oil that is leaking. So far the numbers have been educated guesses, with some saying it’s probably 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day. BP believes the sensors will be set up by Tuesday. 

2. President Obama today and Tuesday is visiting Alabama, Florida and Mississippi to take another look at effects of the oil spill, and on Tuesday night, he will address the nation about the environmental disaster. His White House speech will be live at 8 p.m. EDT and will be carried by major TV networks. 

3. This past weekend, BP revised its plan for catching leaking oil. Under pressure from all sides, BP said its new plan will ensure that 50,000 barrels of oil a day are captured by the end of the month. The previous plan called for that amount to be captured by mid-July.

Number to know

$1.6 billion: Updated monetary amount of the toll of the Gulf oil spill for BP.

Quote of note

"It's scary, you know, man." - Marine mechanic Jimmy Howard on the oild spill affecting Barataria Bay on Louisiana’s coast, according to Yahoo