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ROBERT, La. (AP) -- BP is warning it could be Sunday or later before it knows if efforts to plug the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico are successful.

Scientists caution against drawing conclusions from the spillcam coverage, but they say it appears BP is gaining ground.

Chief operating officer Doug Suttles says the top kill is going basically as planned, though the pumping of heavy drilling mud has been stopped several times. Suttles says it's important not to read too much into the pauses.

BP hopes the mud will choke the well. Suttles also says the company has shot assorted junk into the well.

An April 20 explosion on the oil rig caused the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

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ROBERT, La. (AP) -- The chief executive of BP PLC says it will be about 48 hours before they know if pumping heavy mud into a blown-out well is successful in stopping the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

CEO Tony Hayward said on the CBS "Early Show" that his confidence level in the well-plugging bid remains at about 60 to 70 percent.

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ROBERT, La. (AP) -- BP says it has resumed pumping heavy drilling mud into a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico in a bid to stop the flow of oil.

The operation, known as a "top kill," is considered the best chance to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

BP began pumping mud into the well on Wednesday afternoon but stopped late Wednesday night to assess how the effort was working and to bring in more materials. Pumping resumed Thursday evening.

The company also may shoot material into a crippled piece of equipment atop the well to keep the mud from escaping.

It could be late Friday or the weekend before the company knows if it has cut off the oil that has been flowing for five weeks.

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ROBERT, La. (WKOW) -- BP says it has temporarily suspended pumping mud to stop Gulf oil leak to assess affects.

BP says nothing has gone wrong, but it may be another day before they know if leak is plugged.

BP says it has restocked vessels with more mud to plug Gulf oil leak and hope to resume pumping mud Thursday night.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama says his administration will do whatever is needed to protect and restore Gulf Coast.

President Obama spoke Thursday at a news conference in White House.

Obama warned all steps BP takes to solve the oil spill problem must be approved in advance by government. He says the drilling oversight agency plagued by corruption for years.

President Obama says he plans to suspend and cancel some offshore oil drilling leases as precautionary measure. And the President says the oil spill dramatizes need for U.S. to develop clean and renewable sources of energy.

The President then took questions by reporters at the White House.

 

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama will discuss the disaster in the Gulf Thursday during a news conference scheduled for just before noon.

He's expected to announce tough new regulations to prevent future spills.

Meanwhile, ABC News is now reporting the President has canceled the planned sale of offshore drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia.

BP's latest effort to cap the leak includes using a procedure called 'top kill" to pump mud, cement and concrete into the leak. BP says it should know by this afternoon if the procedure is working.

Obama heads to the Gulf coast Friday to see the disaster for himself.

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COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- BP says everything is going as planned as it pumps heavy mud into its gushing undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP chief Tony Hayward says it will be at least 24 hours before officials know if it has successfully plugged the leak.

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COVINGTON, La. (WKOW) -- BP says their effort has started to try to stop leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico by pumping heavy mud into it.

BP says the "top kill" maneuver has never before been tried a mile beneath the sea, and company officials say it could be a couple of days before they know whether it is working.

Engineers hope to pump enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of the well. Engineers plan to follow up the mud with cement that the company hopes will permanently seal the well.

BP's top executive has pegged the top kill's chance of success at 60 to 70 percent.

Millions of gallons of oil has spewed into the ocean since an April 20 rig explosion.

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COVINGTON, La. (WKOW) -- The Coast Guard has given BP approval to try to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico by pumping heavy mud into the well.

However, there's no word yet on when the attempt will start.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday it gave the approval for the "top kill" maneuver after consulting with government scientists. The top kill has never before been tried a mile beneath the sea, and company officials say it could be a couple of days before they know whether it is working.

Engineers hope to pump enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of the well. They plan to follow up the mud with cement that the company hopes will permanently seal the well.

Millions of gallons of oil has spewed into the ocean since an April 20 rig explosion.

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COVINGTON, La. (WKOW) -- BP is still running tests and is expected to decide this morning if it will go ahead with a new technique to seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well by pumping heavy mud into a massive device on top of the breach.

BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward says if he gives the green light, he expects the so-called top kill procedure to happen Wednesday.

The top kill involves pumping enough mud into the gusher to overcome the flow of the well, which has leaked millions of gallons of oil into the ocean since an April 20 rig explosion. Engineers then plan to follow it up with cement that the company hopes will permanently seal the well.

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COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- A lawmaker says BP will cut off a live video feed of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when it begins its attempts to cut off the leak by injecting heavy drilling mud into the well.

Democratic Congressman Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts says the company will shut off the video feed supplied by an underwater robot when it begins the so-called top kill maneuver it hopes to try Wednesday.

But BP spokesman John Curry said Tuesday he could not confirm Markey's statement.

Markey says the move is "outrageous" and would block the public's access to a vital moment in the disaster.

The well has gushed millions of gallons of oil into the ocean since an offshore oil rig exploded April 20.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Obama administration's point man on the Gulf oil spill says the government doesn't; have the expertise or the equipment to take over the cleanup job for BP.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who is heading the federal response, has denied the idea of removing BP from the task.

The White House is facing increasing questions about why the government can't assert more control over the aftermath of the April 20 rig explosion.

BP's next plan is another technique never tested 5,000 feet underwater: a "top kill," in which heavy mud and cement would be shot into the blown-out well to plug it up.

BP gives it a 60 to 70 percent chance of success.

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CHANDELEUR ISLANDS (WKOW) -- Areas of oil continues to move closer to the Chandeleur Islands but with winds forecast from the north, this will tend to push the oil away from shore.

However, the threat to oil impacting the coastline remains high.

The Unified Area Command for the Deepwater Horizon/BP Response announced it will not use hair boom in its response efforts.

The biggest looming uncertainty of all --when will BP be able to stop the leak?

Oil has pushed into Louisiana's marshes, affecting critical breeding grounds.

Some fisherman believe the marshland may already be beyond saving.

Today, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead a Senate delegation to the region to fly over the affected areas and take a look at BP's response.

 

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