day of frustration and
in the battle against that spreading oil in the
gulf of mexico
. skimmer boats were once again mostly sidelined today, even though
is no more. the skimmers were kept in port because of weather. as millions of americans escaped to the outdoors this holiday weekend, some are finding they cannot escape the effects of the oilily scourge. tonight as oil continues gushing into the see, there was encouraging news about the operation designed to cap it. nbc's thanh truong got a bird's eye view of the operations today and joins us with the latest.
lester, good evening to you. bp and the
are trying to beef up the response, bringing in an extra 400 skimmer boats and a super tanker. there is very little they can do to fight the weather. from high above there is little activity.
today suspended all skimming and
operations the fifth straight day.
the weather holds the upper hand in this response. if not the daily flow, then the weather that adds to the difficulty.
at the spill site, testing is being done on a converted supertanker dubbed "the a whale." if green lighted, it could suck up to 20 million gallons of oily water a day.
we are looking at any and all possible alternate technologies. we'll fly over the "a whale." it's a supertanker. it's a
trial and error
forced the delay of a third containment ship at the spill scene. it is expected to come online this week which they say is desperately needed.
operating at their peak rate will remove between 50,000 and 53,000 barrels a day.
bob dudley says the ruptured well could be sealed by the end of this month, ahead of an original mid august estimate. they say the company is making progress drilling two relief wells, but he is sticking with the original time table.
if we move that
too far to the left, closer in, there will be an expectation that, well, you said it would be done by then.
there are more weather worries ahead.
officials say there is a nontropical system making its way toward the spill zone and that could threaten to delay the containment efforts for days.