There’s new word tonight on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico before BP capped its ruptured well last month. Scientists charged with determining the flow say that roughly 4.9 million barrels of oil have seeped into the Gulf. That’s slightly more than the previous estimate of 4.5 million gallons.
The amount is important because it will determine the fines that BP will ultimately face. We’ll have more on the new number and what it means tonight on 360.
We’ll also have the latest on BP’s effort to kill the broken Macondo well. There’s been another delay. A leak was discovered today as BP was preparing to conduct a final test before the so-called static kill begins. The test has been postponed until the leak is fixed. We’ll take a close look at what exactly BP plans to do to kill the well. It’s a two-pronged approach. If all goes well, mud and then cement will be blasted into the well casing from above and below. If this sounds familiar it should. We all remember the “top kill” that failed. But there are some differences this time around. Namely, oil is no longer gushing out of the well head. Tom Foreman will explain it all, including the risks.
Also tonight, the battle over illegal immigration has erupted into a fiery debate over changing the constitution.
Some Republicans, including Senator Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Jon Kyl, and Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce want to change the 14th amendment, which defines who is an American. Keeping them honest, are they wrong about the facts? And why are they pushing for a dramatic change in the constitution now, when before they supported far less severe reforms? We’ll look at these questions and more.
We’ll also have the latest on a manhunt underway tonight in Arizona following a prison break. Two fugitives are still at large. One felon who escaped the private prison Friday night was caught on Sunday. All three are convicted killers. Police believe a female accomplice is helping the fugitives. How did the convicts pull off their escape and how is the manhunt unfolding? That’s what we’ll be looking at tonight.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern.
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