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Friday update: Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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Live feed of Gulf oil spill now available online

WASHINGTON -- A live video feed that shows the oil gushing from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is now available online.

The video shows a large plume of oil and gas still spewing next to the tube that's carrying some of it to the surface.

Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts pushed BP PLC to make the video available to the public. It's now posted on the Web site of the Select Committee on Energy Independent and Global Warming. Click here to check it out.

BP was leasing the rig Deepwater Horizon when it exploded and sank a month ago off Louisiana. The company has been trying ever since to stop the oil spewing from the well.

BP said a mile-long tube is capturing 210,000 gallons of oil a day, but some is still escaping. The company initially estimated 210,000 gallons was the total amount of the spill.

BP exec optimistic Gulf will rebound from spill

ROBERT, La. -- The executive heading up BP's fight to stop a massive underwater oil spill said he's very optimistic that the Gulf of Mexico will recover.

BP PLC Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said on the CBS “Early Show” that in the worst case scenario, the oil leak that has already lasted a month will continue until early August. That's when a new well currently being drilled could be finished and cap the flow.

Suttles also said the best case scenario is that an effort to plug the well by injecting heavy mud Sunday or Monday will stop the gusher.

Asked if he thinks the Gulf environment will survive the spill, Suttles said he has been told by experts that the Gulf has several factors in its favor. He said that included its large size and the fact that its waters are war.

Month into Gulf spill, fishermen see bleak future

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO -- It's been a month since a blown-out well started spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, but the people who rely on those waters to make a living are just starting to realize the scope of the devastation.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, operated by BP PLC, exploded and sank in April, killing 11 crew members. The resulting spill has leaked millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf. Swaths of the Gulf have been closed to fishing, and some fishermen worry it could be some time before consumers are comfortable eating and buying seafood from the region again.

Ron Price is one of those fishermen. He recently looked out on the oil-soaked Redfish Bay and lamented: “Even God can't fix this. And BP certainly can't.”

Fla. Panhandle airport opens amid oil scares

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The massive Gulf oil spill is taking the luster off this weekend's opening of a new international airport in the Florida Panhandle.

The first flights will leave Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport on Sunday. The Panama City airport will serve Southwest and Delta airlines with routes that include Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Baltimore and Nashville.

Backers hope it will bring new tourists to the area's beaches, which are known for their white sands and pristine waters.

So far the oil from the spill has stayed away but if it comes, local officials said they will work to restore the beaches.

The St. Joe Co. is the area's largest land owner and developer and was the primary backer of the airport.

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