Underwater Oil "Terrifying, Depressing"

On the surface, this part of Barataria Bay looks clean. But look again. This is oil sticking to the bottom of the bay, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. It's the unseen and largely unknown part of this crisis.

Ben Dubansky waded into Barataria Bay.

"Oh, my god," was his reaction.

This aquatic toxicologist says the bay is in deep trouble.

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Oil. Hidden underwater in sand that holds the food for shrimp, oysters, and a host of shellfish. When asked how worrisome that is, he said, "Terrifying, depressing. Pretty heartbreaking to see."

Tuesday BP had its own underwater worries. At 9:00 a.m. central time, containment operations above the broken well head were in full swing. By 9:30, BP had shut down everything.

Oil gushed unchecked into the Gulf. A fire blamed on a lightning strike had broken out above the surface ship capturing the oil. Five hours later operations resumed but during the shutdown perhaps 3,000 barrels bled into the Gulf.

On Grand Isle, Butch Gaspar guesses his marina can operate for another month, no more. He says BP owes him $215,000 for gas and storage.

Gaspar wants President Obama to take charge Tuesday when he speaks in prime time. He told Mr. Obama that in person when they met 11 days ago.

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