New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says once tropical storms subside at the end of this week, more testing is planned for the plugged up well. Engineers want to make sure it can take another shot of mud and cement pumped through the bottom. Equipment at the seafloor is vital to several top-level investigations into what caused the Deepwater Horizon rig to explode.
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reopened more federal waters off the Florida Panhandle to fishing. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says inspectors have been sniffing seafood samples for traces of chemical dispersants, and chemical testing found no oil.
"The Food and Drug Administration has indicated that the compounds that are in the dispersants are not a concern for human health, human safety."
New Orleans – Today - on "The Sound of Books" - part-1 of a 3-part series in advance of the 5th anniversary of Katrina spotlighting some of the best books written in response to the storm - New Orleans writer Tom Piazza's prize-winning novel "City of Refuge"...
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New Orleans, La. – Bad weather is expected to delay the relief well operation by as much as three days. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra time will be used for testing the system that rings the outside of the well itself.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Center, Aug. 3, 2010
The indelible images of the oil disaster in the Gulf thus far have been revoltingly dramatic, like the stricken Deepwater Horizon rig consumed by fire, like the seabirds coated in crude or like the once-pristine beaches slathered in oil. But some impacts from this disaster are harder to spot, more private and concealed, though still devastating for the people dealing with them.