This weekend, a cap that BP has placed over the oil leak is capturing an estimated 10,000 barrel’s a day—although it is said that 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil a day are leaking into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward, said on British TV that BP is confident that between this and another method they will deploy later this week they will be containing the vast majority of the oil. BP is also making big promises: “We’re going to clean-up the oil, we’re going to remediate any environmental damage and we are going to return the Gulf coast to the position it was in prior to this event. That’s an absolute commitment, we will be there long after the media has gone, making good on our promises.” But the oil is already affecting the coasts, wildlife, fishing and beaches of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. And the environmental damage is considered the worst in U.S. history.