"The gall of BP and their federal overseers in withholding the fact that the 'top kill' effort was suspended for much of yesterday is almost too outrageous to be believed. Officials from both the oil giant and the government gave the impression Thursday morning that their efforts to plug the gushing well with heavy drilling mud were working—even though the company had stopped pumping mud around midnight on Wednesday. The obfuscation continued until late in the afternoon, when a technician told the New York Times that BP had suspended the operation the previous night because too much mud was leaking from the riser along with the oil." Brett Norman reports in the Columbia Journalism Review's "The Observatory" column May 28, 2010, 03:37 PM EDT.
"From Louisiana’s tarred beaches to the silty scenes on the seabed a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, there have been repeated instances in which BP has tried to limit or delay the flow of information to the public on what is clearly now the biggest oil 'spill' in United States history. Every time BP delays releasing information on its oil gusher and slick, the company’s credibility sinks a bit lower."
"For the second time in as many days, BP stopped a last-ditch remedy in the middle of the night for filling a hole that has released millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, The New York Times reports.
"Federal regulators complained in a scathing internal memo about "significant deficiencies" in BP's handling of the safety of oil spill workers and asked the Coast Guard to help pressure the company to address a litany of concerns.
"GRAND ISLE, La. – Intent on showing firm command of a deepening Gulf Coast crisis, President Barack Obama inspected a fouled beach, took in what he called 'heartbreaking stories' of the catastrophe and declared 'we're going to keep at it' until the America's largest-ever oil spill is stopped and cleaned up." Darlene Superville reports for the Associated Press May 28, 2010.
"A day after scientists reported finding a huge "plume" of oil extending miles east of the leaking BP well, on Friday a Louisiana scientist said his crew had located another vast plume of oily globs, miles in the opposite direction. James H. Cowan Jr., a professor at Louisiana State University, said his crew on Wednesday found a plume of oil in a section of the gulf 75 miles west of the source of the leak." David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post May 28, 2010; 1:09 PM EDT.
"NEW ORLEANS -- Intent on showing firm command of the deepening crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama flew to coastal Louisiana today for his second in-person update on the country's most devastating oil spill. Several times this morning the president leaned down to touch the white absorbent boom that stretches the length of the beach at Port Fourchon. While there doesn't appear to be lot of oil on the beach, the president did pluck several tar balls from the sand." The Mobile Press-Register had the story from wire reports May 28, 2010.