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Video: BP to attempt ‘static kill’

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    AMY ROBACH, co-host: Now to the oil spill in the gulf, where efforts to plug the busted well have hit yet another setback. NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson is live in Venice , Louisiana , with the latest on all of that. Anne , good morning.

    ANNE THOMPSON reporting: Good morning, Amy . The problem is some debris that they found in the relief well after Tropical Storm Bonnie passed over, and so crews have been cleaning out that debris and they hope by perhaps Monday night or Tuesday to start the static kill. It's the first in a two-step process to permanently end the well that has harmed so much of the gulf. As crews at the leak site prepare to run the final section of pipe in the relief well, Bob Dudley , BP 's soon-to-be CEO, tries to reassure a suspicious Gulf Coast .

    Mr. BOB DUDLEY: We've had some good news offshore -- you'll know that -- but that doesn't mean we're done. We'll be here for years.

    THOMPSON: At his side, former FEMA director James Lee Witt , who will assist BP in the long-term recovery. But Dudley said with no more oil going into the gulf, it is not too early to scale back the massive cleanup.

    Mr. DUDLEY: Where there's no oil on the beaches, you probably don't need people walking up and down with hazmat suits. So you'll see that kind of a pullback. But commitment, absolutely no pullback.

    THOMPSON: Portions of Louisiana 's commercial fishing waters are reopened east of the Mississippi River , including some shrimp areas. Patrick Hugh hoped he could get back to work, but the waters he trawls are still closed. Readying his nets, Hugh worries that when he can fish again, the delicacies he catches will never be thought of in the same way and never bring a good price.

    Mr. PATRICK HUGH: People's not going to want to eat them. I -- you know, I would eat it -- you know, if they say it's safe, I would eat it, but a lot of people won't, you know. I mean, it's going to put a dent in us.

    THOMPSON: Trust it at the heart of rebuilding demand for Louisiana seafood and restoring the Gulf Coast , as the government's man in charge made clear in Florida .

    Admiral THAD ALLEN: We should not be writing any obituary for this event. Until the well is completely sealed, until we have no more oil on the surface of the water, until we understand where all the oil has gone to, until the beaches are clean, until the federal, state and local officials agree that the beaches are clean, we're still engaged in the fight and we need to stay engaged.

    THOMPSON: Now, there is some good news this morning for Florida . The government says, because there is no evidence that the oil has gotten into the loop current and because the oil is degrading, they don't expect the oil to have any impact on southern Florida , the Florida Keys , or the Miami-Fort

Map: Gulf oil spill trajectory

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