Workers in the Gulf of Mexico have stopped work on the blown-out well as tropical storm Bonnie moves through the Gulf.
National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen has called for the evacuation of all workers near the well.
Lafayette was the site for thousands of residents as they packed the Cajundome for today's rally for economic survival.
The rally's goal was to build pressure to lift a federal moratorium on deepwater drilling.
Two Monroe city councilmen accused of racketeering and bribery pleaded not guilty to charges.
Arthur Gilmore and Robert "red" Stevens were indicted last month for taking bribes of nearly $9,000 in cash.