"We've never seen anything like this magnitude. The problems are going to be on the beaches themselves. That's where it will be really visible." — George F. Crozier, oceanographer and executive director at the Dauphin Island (Ala.) Sea Lab, talking about the undersea well left spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico by BP after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20.
"There are going to be more toxic impacts than the heavy black oil you saw with the Exxon Valdez." — Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, a spill consultant who has worked with both BP and the U.S. government.
"The ongoing situation with the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling accident has caused the MMS to dedicate considerable resources to the successful resolution of this event, which will conflict with holding this ceremony next week." — The U.S. Minerals Management Service, cancelling its Safety Awards luncheon set for May 3 in Houston. Last year, BP America was among the winners.