Tonight on 360° Anderson will be reporting from Louisiana's Gulf coast just hours before BP makes yet another attempt to stop the oil leak. BP says the earliest the "top kill" maneuver will begin is at dawn Wednesday.
Preliminary testing is already underway. A BP official warns if they uncover any problems they may not go through with the effort to plug the leak.
"We've got a crack team of investigators that are going to pour over the diagnostics data. And based on that they'll design the 'top kill' procedure. There is a remote possibility that we could get some information that it wouldn't work. We don't believe that would be the case, but it is a remote possibility," Kent Wells, BP Senior Vice President told reporters today on a conference call.
BP also came under fire today from Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts who said the company was going to stop its live video feed of the spill during the 'top kill' attempt. BP later said it will continue the video feed after facing pressure from President Obama.
We'll have all this angles tonight and you'll hear from residents of Grand Isle, Lousiana where the shrimp industry is a way of life. But that industry is now dead.
"BP We Want Our Beach Back" is on one of many signs posted in the town.
We're also digging deeper on the impact the spill is having on wildlife. Pelicans and other birds are coated in oil. So are turtles, crabs and other animals. That's just what we can see on the surface. It's unclear at this point what the millions of gallons of oil underwater are doing to the entire ecosystem. We'll talk it over with Jack Hanna, famed director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Host of "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild."
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.
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