GULF OF MEXICO -- Day 44 sounds like deja vu along the Gulf Coast: a new effort is underway this morning that could cap the oil leak by later today.
First BP has to cut open the pipeline and that's doing much more damage to the environment. The slick is expected to reach Florida beaches as soon as today.
And truth is stranger than fiction. In an attempt to reach out to anyone who can help, the Feds have met with Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron, who's considered an expert in deepwater technology.
BP believes the oil gushing into the Gulf now for more than 40 days could be contained as soon as today. Undersea robots continue to slice into the pipeline's thick casing 5,000 feet underwater. A cap will be fitted over it to siphon the oil to the surface.
Doug Suttles, BP COO says, "This is our third containment system we've deployed. We learned a lot from that and we've applied all the learning from those two to this system and that's why I'm actually pretty confident it'll work."
Meantime, Washington's top cop Tuesday arrived in the Gulf, or what-could- soon-be-known-as: the scene of the crime.
US Attorney General Eric Holder says, "We have what we think is a sufficient basis for us to begin a criminal investigation."
Criminal and civil probes could result in such charges as: Failure to protect the environment and, possibly, making false statements.
"If our laws were broken, leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice." Says President Barack Obama.
The oil has now struck 127 miles of Louisiana coastline. The latest forecast shows it may spread to the shores of Alabama and Mississippi this week.
Louisiana's Governor continues to press for drastic federal action and he's losing patience.
Bobby Jindal says, "You wouldn't tell a drowning person "give us time to do another study."
As much as 34-million gallons of oil are now estimated to have leaked into the Gulf, three times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.