New Orleans, La. – The Interior Department is allowing Noble Energy to resume drilling its well 70 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. Drilling was stopped after four days when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. The government says permission was granted after the company showed it's capable of containing a spill with a new capping stack system. Governor Bobby Jindal says the move is a "good first step" to getting thousands of oil and gas crews back to work. For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.
New Orleans, LA – Recently, the Regional Transit Authority announced plans to build a new streetcar line along North Rampart and St. Claude between Canal and Press Streets. A spur along Elysian Fields will connect this line with the Riverfront line at Esplanade Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2012. More lines mean more streetcars on the move. And who are the craftspeople here in New Orleans who keep the streetcars rolling? WWNO's Zoe Sullivan set out to find them.
New Orleans, La. – The task force is chaired by Lisa Jackson, a New Orleans native who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency.
"As someone who grew up here I know that the challenges facing this ecosystem go back much further than the BP spill. We are here to respond to that single devastating event. However, a full restoration simply will not be possible unless we address the environmental problems that have plagued this region for so long."
New Orleans, La. – The Food and Drug Administration is overseeing testing of Gulf seafood. Spokesman Robert Dickey of the FDA's seafood lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama reassured the panel that seafood is safe to eat.
"I am not aware of anywhere else that has undergone this level of testing."
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting more than 50 dead dolphins have washed ashore. NOAA marine fisheries spokeswoman Connie Barclay says they're being recovered from Louisiana to Florida, and they're young. She says there could be many reasons for the increase, in addition to the BP spill.
"It can be anything from infectious disease to harmful alga blooms or environmental factors like loud sounds or chemicals or something in the water."
New Orleans, La. – The American Petroleum Institute says production in the Gulf is halted by a lack of drilling permits and lease sales from the Interior Department. Institute spokesman Erik Milito (mih-LEE'-toh) says companies are now closely watching what's happening in Libya.
"I think it's going to have an impact worldwide. Companies are going to have to really look at their energy-development portfolios and make determinations as to where they want to invest."