Apr 26, 2010 10:40 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
NEW ORLEANS - Authorities continue to monitor the size and
direction of a Gulf of Mexico oil sheen by air, while using robotic
underwater equipment to try to shut off its source at a wrecked
deepwater drilling platform.
The Coast Guard and the companies that owned an operated the rig
plan a Monday afternoon news conference in Robert, La., the site of
a command center established over the weekend to deal with the
The oil has been leaking at a rate estimated at 42,000 gallons a
day. Workers are trying to make sure the oil doesn't reach the Gulf
Coast's fragile ecosystem.
An explosion on the floating deep water rig last Tuesday night
led to a huge fire and the eventual sinking of the rig. The search
for 11 missing workers was called off on Friday.