(May 3) -- BP's chief executive today sought to divert blame for the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even though the company accepted responsibility for the costs of plugging the gushing well and cleaning up the slick.
"It wasn't our accident but we are absolutely responsible for the oil, for cleaning it up, and that's what we intend to do," BP's Tony Haward said on NBC's "Today" show.
The well continued spilling oil at an unknown rate -- the Coast Guard said about 210,000 gallons per day, and BP said it was a week away from deploying an experimental attempt at collecting the spewing oil at the bottom of the gulf, 5,000 feet below the water's surface.
Meanwhile, turtles and other sea animals washed up dead along the coast as crews tried to use booms to contain the slick that threatened the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Nearly 7,000 square miles of federal fishing areas were closed, shutting down a key gulf industry just as the spring season should have begun.