At this hour, crude oil continues to pour into the fish-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 210,000 gallons a day as hope fades to contain the gushing wellhead.

Neglecting to call their efforts a failure, British Petroleum spokesman Doug Suttles says that icelike crystals or hydrates have accumulated inside their containment box rendering their hope for stemming the giant spill useless.

“We did anticipate hydrates being a problem, but not this significant,” Suttles told reporters.

As BP continues to look for pie-in-the-sky solutions to an unprecedented ecological disaster, tar balls have washed up on Dauphin Island, south of Mobile, Alabama. Dauphin, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, has long been thought as one of the finest speckled trout hotspots in the country.

Elsewhere, Venice, Louisiana charter skippers cringed and cried while captains to the east prayed all wondering where it might all end.