Cap Placed Atop Gulf Well, Oil Still Spewing

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WASHINGTON -- British Petroleum has finally made some progress in slowing down the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But the disaster has already had a terrible effect on the wildlife in the region, including dozens of pelicans who were left with a thick coat of oil.

Cap and Spill?

A cap now sits atop the blown out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. As cloud of crude continues to gush out, it is unclear if BP's efforts to contain the leak and siphon the escaping oil to the surface into a tanker is working.

It is the latest is a line of failed attempts to stop or at least slow down the estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf each day.

Click play for an update on President Obama's response to the Gulf Coast oil spill with CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody, following Jennifer Wishon's report.

"It's an important milestone," BP CEO Tony Hayward said. "And in some sense, of course, it's just the beginning."

Facing increasing criticism for his administration's handling of the crisis, President Obama has postponed several planned trips overseas this month.

He will be returning to Louisiana on Friday to meet with business owners and residents of affected communities.

The Spill's Helpless Victims

Meanwhile, with each passing day, the Gulf's wildlife becomes more deeply mired in the toxic muck.

"This is tragic. This is sad. This is why we're literally fighting for our way of life," said Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird, was just recently taken off the list of endangered species. Now many fear it's on its way back on the list.

"The reason this is so sad and tragic for those of us born and raised down here is that many of us know these coastal areas like the backs of our hands," Jindal said. "We shouldn't have to see this oil coming into our islands, into our wetlands. That is why we are so impatient."

But they'll need patience since the best chance to completely stop the flow of oil is a relief well. Currently under construction, the well won't be complete for at least another two months.

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