New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he wants the blow-out preventer installed by the Deepwater Horizon replaced before mud and cement is pumped into the bottom of the blown-out well.
" We are very, very close to the end. This gets to be a very, very complex evolution. And there are no black-and-white choices here, and this has required a significant amount of discussion."
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he is still ordering mud and cement be pumped into the bottom of the well, as it has from the top. But he says extensive testing and analysis are still needed to make sure the bottom kill doesn't blast open the material that's keeping oil inside the reservoir.
Ronald Avila, 27, and his sister, Belinda, 29, honor their cultural ties with their family's ancestry in Honduras. Belinda was born in the United States, while her father studied agronomy at the University of Florida in Gainsville. Ronald was born two years later in Honduras. Their mother later brought them to the U.S., where she encouraged their higher education.
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says about three-quarters of the oil that spilled has dissolved, evaporated or been eaten by microbes that feed on crude. The universities of Georgia and South Florida are estimating much more oil remains in the Gulf. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says the government will consider the findings.
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says engineers are still reviewing ways to ready the broken well for a bottom kill, which involves pumping heavy mud and cement through the bottom. Officials had been aiming for starting the bottom kill by this time.
"I've always said this will be conditions-based. We're concerned about the vital signs of this well. We continue to be concerned about the vital signs. Our first goal is to do no harm."
New Orleans – Today - on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - Dan Baum's New York Times Bestseller "Nine Lives" - part-2 of our series spotlighting some of the best books written in response to Katrina - leading up to the 5th anniversary of the storm on August 29, 2010...
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New Orleans – When photographer Herman Leonard died Saturday in Los Angeles - at age 87 - he left a rich legacy of some of the finest photographic portraits ever made of such iconic American musicians as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Mile Davis. This remembrance is drawn from a 1996 interview with WWNO's Fred Kasten...
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New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Aug. 17, 2010
The sheer scale of the Gulf oil disaster came as a shock to many people around the region. But some of those who closely monitor the petrochemical industry in Louisiana point out that this current crisis didn't just appear from nowhere.