On Day 61 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP faces another public relations disaster. As the gusher continues to flow a mile below the surface in the Gulf. BP CEO Tony Hayward spent Saturday at a prestigious yacht race around England's Isle of Wight.
Also, tarballs were spotted for the first time on the beach at Panama City, Fla., and BP restarted its oil-capture operation after a 10-hour shutdown.
Back to Hayward, a man who looked a lot like the BP chief was sailing in Hayward's boat in a yacht race off the coast of England Saturday, CBS News Correspondent Don Teague reports.
BP confirmed Hayward was at the race though the company wouldn't say whether he was on the boat. Still, the news presented a stunning contrast in images as oil continues to gush from his company's blown-out well.
The reaction here in Louisiana?
"You wake up in oil, you go to sleep in oil just about, and so Tony Hayward, Tony Baloney, wherever he's at, at the race tracks or the yachts, maybe he just needs to stay over there and send the money, and we'll take care of business," Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said.
Local officials from Grand Isle spent Saturday inspecting a line of barges they hope will keep more oil from entering Barataria Bay, the source for a third of Louisiana's seafood revenue.
The makeshift blockade is now almost half a mile long and will stretch a mile more by Monday.
"We are all going to work together, and we're going to fight this in Louisiana," said Camardelle. "We're going to protect our people."
The exact cause of the explosion that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig is still under investigation, but a Wall Street Journal analysis found BP used a cheaper and riskier well design more often than its competitors did, including on the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.
Meanwhile, BP's blown-out well is still gushing oil at a rate of up to two-and-a-half million gallons a day.
The Coast Guard says a cap is now capturing about a million gallons a day and could capture two million by June 30, but that effort was shut down for several hours overnight Friday because of bad weather.
On Saturday, more storms forced booming and skimming operations near shore to shutdown temporarily.
Meantime, seafood prices are on the rise, and Louisiana oysters are almost gone. An oyster processing warehouse is shutting down, idling 50 workers.
"It's hard because, you know, we don't set out to have an oil spill, but still we're out of work," warehouse worker Moses Charles said.
Still, the fight against the oil spill got an emotional boost Saturday. Some of New Orleans' top chefs threw a party for the people of Grand Isle.
"Everything is about the oil," one Louisianan said, "and we need a little break."
Of course, the ultimate solution to this crisis is to finish drilling a relief well. The Coast Guard says the relief well is now within about 200 feet horizontally of the blown-out well. It's going to take, though, several more weeks for BP to fine-tune and intersect that well. That will ultimately shut off the flow of oil, and that's what everyone here is waiting for.
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