New Orleans, La. – Crane operators lowering the 100-ton concrete and steel box over the leaking well pipes have to be precise, and it's never been done before. The container could cap the leak, or smash it wide open. So far, about 210,000 gallons of crude are pouring out every day. BP executive Doug Suttles says one option being reviewed calls for plugging the leak with rubber and other materials.
New Orleans, LA – The oil leak in the gulf is already begun to impact louisiana's seafood industry. Local sellers report an uptick in business in the past week from customers who worry their next shrimp poboy could be their last for a while. But as the long-term effects of this spill remain unclear, some are wringing their hands while others are shrugging it off. Eric Eagan has the story.
New Orleans, LA – Just east of the Mississippi River and about 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Beach, Louisiana is a community of fisherman and fishing camps put on hold. Their waters closed to the oyster and shrimp boats which normally would do a brisk business this time of year, Shell Beach residents are bracing to see what becomes of their livelihoods and their home. Eve Abrams reports.
New Orleans, La. – Michael Brune didn't say a word in the roaring seaplane as it flew over fertile fishing grounds off Louisiana, where ribbons of rust-colored oil streamed past the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Nor did he speak when the plane reached the Chandeleur barrier islands that locals call the Cajun Bahamas. But when the plane landed
New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says the 100-ton concrete and steel device should work, but it's all new technology.
"It will probably have its start-up troubles. It will have to learn how to make it operate, and we'll do that over the next week or so as we begin to deploy and run the system. But I will tell you we're optimistic. We very much want the thing to work."
New Orleans, La. – Former New Orleans Police Assistant Superintendent Ronal Serpas didn't attend the news conference to announce his selection. He was in Nashville, dealing with flooding problems. Landrieu says he appreciated the irony, and said the people of New Orleans should be understanding.
"It should, however, make people in New Orleans very comfortable that we're getting a chief that understands emergency operation response."