July 7th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Crews connecting oil vessel to ruptured well as leaders pray for Gulf

CNN Wire Staff

Interfaith leaders prayed for restoration and renewal for the Gulf of Mexico as they prepared for a tour of the oil-soaked marshes, wetlands and rookeries of the Louisiana coast Wednesday.

The Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy joined "in prayer and commitment to the communities most affected by the BP oil disaster," Tuesday night, a Sierra Club statement said.

Wives of current and former major league baseball players also fanned out across southern Louisiana to draw attention to the people and creatures affected by the disaster.

The members of the Baseball Wives Charitable Foundation - many of them from the Gulf - toured beaches hit by oil, spoke with fishing and oil industry workers in Grand Isle on Tuesday.

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July 7th, 2010
01:06 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 7/6/10

Editor's Note: After Tuesday's show feedback was primarily about the oil leak. Viewers continued to thank the team for focusing on the disaster in the Gulf. Many are still just asking when the oil will be stopped. Some viewers feel that the government should be in charge and get it stopped.

When will the leaking well be turned off? When will they have the relief wells finished? The day BP puts the new wells into production is the day the leaking well will be fixed! Not because it will relieve pressure and stop leaking but because they will have active wells and will "never have to pump oil from the current well". Why not turn it off? Well if you LISTEN to the little people in the oil business, you can't turn it off and drill a new well in the area, but if it keeps on leaking you can still drill relief wells that can be used later. You believe what you want but I'll believe the people that no one in authority will let talk. This will never be fixed! It cannot be fixed! The Gulf Coast will never return to normal as our president has said. What we have now is what we will have 20 years from now just like ALASKA

Re: the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the comments keeps being repeated – the military should be in charge. The fact is there is an enormous conflict of interest there. BP is the contracted largest supplier of fuel to the US in Iraq & Afghanistan. Do you really think they are about to jeopardize those contracts? The fact is the military will not want to handle this – and Obama's hands will be tied.

Let's address the 100 million gallon oil spill in the room. Is it not obvious by now that our government has not and will take on the oil industry. They dictate to the government, not the other way around.


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