New Orleans, La. – Ewell Smith is hard at work as executive director of the Louisiana Seafood and Promotion Marketing Board. He says shrimpers are facing a tough sell.
"The brand of Louisiana seafood has been beaten up pretty badly by this oil spill. And we're going to need some help, we're going to need some serious help in terms of dollars from BP to rebuild the brand of Louisiana seafood. It took Exxon -- after the Exxon Valdez, it took Alaska five years to rebuild their brand."
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen is ordering more testing and options on handling problems that may develop when mud and cement are pumped into the broken well from the bottom. One option may be replacing the blow-out preventer now on top of the well that was plugged with mud and cement last week
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he's ordering BP to come up with a plan if pumping during the bottom kill cranks up pressure on the capping system holding back the oil from the top.
"We're still dealing with part of the well that we can't see, and only know from pressure readings and external indications what the condition is and we will not know until we actually intercept the well."
New Orleans, LA – The Vietnamese call them "Chopstick Beans" because they look like chopsticks. And with the heat in full swing this is a great time of year to head out to the New Orleans East's Viet-town for it's early morning Saturday farmer's market. Grab a refreshing sweetened iced coffee or bubble tea and search out these amazing yardlong beans before the day heats up. Thin as a chopstick and found in a variety of green hues, it's also know as asparagus green, presumably for it's length.
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says there's a chance that cement pumped down the well could have come back up the outer casing.
"We may be the victims of our own success here, in that once they looked at the results of the cementing from the static kill from the top, they raised the question of whether or not the cement that entered the reservoir might have actually gone back up the annulus and sealed that."
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says pressure testing at the well shows something is blocking oil from coming back up the reservoir. He says it's probably cement pumped in from the top that somehow got pushed back inside.
"What we don't want to do is somehow upset what we've done, which is a really good cementing job that was done through the top kill."
New Orleans – Acclaimed filmmaker Luisa Dantas talks about her new documentary delving into the challenges, setbacks and triumphs of life after Katrina - "Land of Opportunity" - which premieres in New Orleans Saturday evening, August 14, 2010...
For more information about "Land of Opportunity" - and its sneak preview screening at Warren Easton High School Saturday evening, August 14, 2010 - please click here .