The Gulf oil spill is closing in on the Florida panhandle tonight. Tar balls and weathered oil could hit the area "in a day or two", said Florida Gov. Charlie Christ. The leading edge of the spill is about 10 miles off Pensacola right now. Oil has already reached some of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama's barrier islands.
Meanwhile, BP was able to free a diamond-tipped saw that got stuck during the latest attempt to stop the oil leak. The cutter stopped roughly midway through the underwater effort to cut the riser pipe. Currently they've abandoned that cutting device. We'll tell you what's next in their plan tonight on the program.
Today BP CEO Tony Hayward admitted his company wasn't prepared for the oil leak.
"What is undoubtedly true is that we did not have the tools you would want in your toolkit," Hayward told the UK's Financial Times.
He also told the newspaper the containment effort on the surface has been "very successful" in keeping oil away from the coast. We're keeping him honest. That's not exactly what Anderson saw in the marshes off the coast of Louisiana today. You'll see his report.
There's also the feedback from Hayward on why some workers may be getting sick.
"I'm sure they were genuinely ill, but whether it was anything to do with dispersants, or whether it was food poisoning, or some other reason for them being ill, you know there's a... food poisoning's a big consideration when you've got this number of people in temporary camps, temporary accommodation. It's something we have to be very very mindful of," Hayward said at a news conference on Sunday.
Food poisoning? That's not what Dr. Sanjay Gupta discovered.
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