E2 Round-up: Drilling support drops in poll, Coast Guard pushes BP on spill response, BP share prices tumble further, and vulnerable pelicans face ‘menacing’ oil

Federal officials tell BP to bolster its containment system

“With oil continuing to leak Wednesday from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico despite BP’s success in capturing some of the flow, a top Coast Guard official ordered the company to come up with a plan ‘to ensure that the remaining oil and gas flowing can be recovered,’” the New York Times reports.

“In a letter to Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, Rear Adm. James A. Watson, the on-scene coordinator of the unified command that is overseeing the response effort, gave the company three days to provide plans for ‘parallel, continuous and contingency collection processes,’” the story continues.

“Among the requirements, Admiral Watson wrote, are that any new method to contain the leak be devised to reduce disruptions from hurricanes, when the full flow of oil would once again spew into the gulf.”

BP share prices slide again as costs rise and demands mount

“The shares of oil giant BP Plc (BP.L)(BP.N) continued falling on Thursday on concerns about the costs the British company will face in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill,” Reuters reports.

“The shares opened trading in London 11 percent down before recovering to trade down 4.0 percent, one day after BP depositary shares plummeted to a 14-year low in New York. President Barack Obama's administration ratcheted up its demands on Wednesday that BP cover all the costs stemming from the disaster, including millions of dollars in salaries of workers laid off due to a drilling moratorium in the Gulf,” their story continues.

Pelicans fall victim to oil coming into Gulf marshes

“Deepwater Horizon oil is menacing one of the best wildlife recovery stories: brown pelicans. Biologists are saving as many individual birds as they can, but they say the oil has arrived on Louisiana's coast at the worst possible time,” reports National Public Radio.

“The small marshy islands near Grand Isle Louisiana are chock full of pelicans. From the water, many heads can be seen sticking out of the grasses. It seems as if every square foot is taken — either by an adult sitting on a nest or a gangly white chick waiting for Mom or Dad to bring back some fish,” their piece on the birds adds.

“But oil has invaded this nursery scene. Pools of what look like dark-chocolate syrup fringe the islands. Sticky mats of oil as small as a bottle cap or as large as a living room float just offshore where the birds feed.”