Day 100 of Gulf oil crisis

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One hundred days since the Deep Water Horizon oil rig exploded, many Gulf Coast businesses are feeling the affects as though it were day one.

"For us, it means that we've been out of business for 100 days," says Daniel Coulon with the Oysters Task Force. "We're hoping that it's not 100 years."

Along Alabama's coast, major concerts are being held in hopes of attracting tourists back to the area.

Fishermen are back atop the water praying for hearty catches. "We're worried about them and how they are going to continue to recover through this ordeal," says Lucien Gunter with the ACME Oyster House. Also on this one-hundredth day, there is a new leader at the helm of the company behind it all.

"I've spent the last three months every day on the gulf coast," Robert Dudley, BP's incoming CEO says. "And I'm going to focus for the next month and a half on what we're doing on the gulf coast and our relationship with the gulf coast and Washington."

As for the cleanup, pressure around the capped well continues to rise steadily. This is a sign that the well is intact. Officials say a permanent solution to plug the leak is just a few weeks away.

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