'We Are Very Thankful for the Weather'

Mother Nature has been providing valuable assistance to the Deepwater Horizon response by way of sunny skies and calm seas.

"We are very thankful for the weather," said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry, federal on-scene coordinator of the response, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Landry pointed out that the favorable weather conditions have allowed responders to make progress in setting booms, skimming oily water, spraying aerial dispersants, and burning oil slicks. She expects continued progress over the next few days given the favorable weather forecast.

BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Settles echoed Landry's sentiments, pointing out that between 7,000 and 9,000 barrels of crude oil were burned on Thursday alone. "This is a very powerful technique, and when the weather's good it will continue," he said of the controlled burns. Settles added that approximately 8,000 barrels of oily water mix were skimmed that day, bringing the total to date to more than 50,000 barrels. He added that the relief well was approximately 8,700 feet from the rig floor at press time Friday.