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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And now back to our coverage of the oil disaster itself. Late last week Tropical Storm Bonnie , you may recall, forced a delay in the cleanup efforts over the weekend. Even though it thankfully fell apart, it delayed the effort, which is back on again, to kill off that well. NBC 's Michelle Kosinski is in Venice , Louisiana , for us tonight. Michelle , good evening.

    MICHELLE KOSINSKI reporting: Good evening, Brian . The news continues to be positive. There are no problems with the well cap, and the static kill attempt will now begin as early as next Monday. And out here, a world away from the corporate boardroom, BP 's own sea change might not have a direct effect on the day to day , but it is absolutely felt.

    Unidentified Man #1: Make sure you have all that stuff on the deck when I come around .

    KOSINSKI: After taking a few days to ride out Tropical Storm Bonnie , for many workers their first days off in months, they were back on the water this morning cleaning up for BP and marveling that CEO Tony Hayward , for the time being their boss, too, is losing his job.

    Unidentified Man #2: Now he gets his life back. Every time he opened his mouth he shoved both feet in it.

    KOSINSKI: The reaction spread throughout the gulf from Plaquemines Parish ...

    Mr. BILLY NUNGESSER (Plaquemines Parish President): I wish him well in his retirement. I hope he'll donate some of that money to the Gulf Coast .

    KOSINSKI: ...to Pensacola.

    Unidentified Woman: Bye, Tony.

    KOSINSKI: Also encouraging, the latest news from national incident command of rapid progress. Between now and Wednesday, they'll prepare the well with fluids, then through the weekend will run a casing down, cement it in place; and a static kill, pumping mud and cement into the top of the damaged well, should start Monday, August 2nd . Five to seven days later the final bottom kill through the by then completed relief well. An end hopefully in sight.

    Admiral THAD ALLEN, Retired (National Incident Commander): Well, if it stands right now and the cap stays in place, we're able to kill the well, then we've just -- we've seen the amount of oil that's going to be discharged. Again, we're not going to declare any victory on this until that well is killed.

    KOSINSKI: Flying above blue water yesterday, it was difficult to find any oil patches. Compare that to weeks ago. Still, these fishermen, like Brian Sherman , now tasked with rescuing oiled pelicans, don't see that same view down here.

    Mr. BRIAN SHERMAN: When we're out chasing the birds, we're kicking up oil and dispersing underwater everywhere. We see dead mullets on the beach, dead birds . I think it's only going to get worse from here on.

    KOSINSKI: And officials acknowledged today that just because you can't see oil doesn't mean it's not there. In fact, there seems to be a substantial amount unaccounted for, under the surface and in hundreds of thousands of smaller patches and sheen that isn't easily skimmed. Brian :

    WILLIAMS: Hey, Michelle , thanks. Michelle Kosinski in Venice , Louisiana , for us tonight. Thanks.


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