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This morning, we’re checking in for the update on the status of the oil spill which is seeping through the Gulf of Mexico. The environmental catastrophe has called President Obama to the scene today for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the waters of the Gulf. The president’s visit comes on the heals of criticism toward his administration for their response to the massive leak – now estimated to be twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Heavy amounts of mud have been placed inside a blown-out well in order to slow or eliminate the leak completely, but BP chief executive says the temporary suspension of the spill may really only become clear until 48 hours later. CEO Tony Howard also says his confidence level on plugging the well to stop the oil from continuing to spill into the Gulf has leveled off at about 60 to 70 percent even though the damages from the toxic oil and gas is far greater than initially estimated.

With hundred of thousands of gallons billowing out of the mud just a mile beneath the sea, BP’s maneuvers to clean up the mess have been slow to begin and even slower at actually working. Do you think the clean up process is moving at the right pace? Do you think the oil spill has become Obama’s version of Hurricane Katrina? What are your thoughts on the situation?

To check out additional coverage from the Gulf of Mexico, visit the following links:

BP: 48 hours before clear if mud stops oil leak

Oil spill continues 34 days later

Obama to visit the Gulf, defends oil spill response

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