Frustration Spewing Forth over Gulf Oil Spill

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The U.S Coast Guard has cleared British Petroleum's latest plan Wednesday to stop a gushing oil leak in the Gulf.  

But as the price tag climbs, so does the anger level, both on the Gulf coast and in Washington, D.C. It has now been more than five weeks since the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began and no fix in sight.

BP now plans to attempt to stop the oil flow with a procedure called "top kill," which includes using robots to choke off the gusher with a combination of heavy mud and cement.

"Top kill" has worked before, but never at a depth of nearly a mile, experts say.

Before heading to Louisiana, President Obama will hold a news conference, Thursday, on the oil spill and other issues.  Click play for more on what's expected with CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody.

"We rate the probability of the success somewhere between 60 and 70 percent," BP's Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said.

Some argue that if "top kill" fails, things could get worse.

"By imposing the high pressure, we might actually cause the flow rate to increase instead of decreasing," Tad Patzek, an engineer with the University of Texas, said.

Honoring the Dead

Five weeks after the disaster began, the workers who died during the oil rig explosion were honored Tuesday at a memorial in Jackson, Miss.

"Today, we gather here as a community, a community that none of us ever wanted to be a part of, a community of loss, of remembrance, but also of hope and most of all, a community of faith," Chief Executive Officer of Transocean said during the memorial service.

As the spill wreaks more havoc on Gulf coast livelihoods, residents are getting more nervous and angry.

"Lives have been destroyed and a lot more lives are going to be destroyed. Wake-up, BP," a resident from Grand Isle, La., said.

Spewing Frustration

President Obama, frustrated by the ongoing disaster, will pay a second visit to the Gulf coast Friday. He even used a curse word in his call for BP to plug the hole. Now, he's even facing criticism from people in his own party.

"People are crying, they're begging for something down here, and it just looks like he's not involved in this," Democratic strategist James Carville said during an interview on CNN.

"Man, you've got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving," he yelled. "We're about to die down here."

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