New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says if conditions get too rough, vessels now at the well site will be sent to shore for safety. He says one of the last to leave will be a ship carrying robots that have been transmitting images of the well.
"If we had to leave the well capped and unattended right now, we're probably be looking at a gap of three to four days where we would not have surveillance on scene."
New Orleans, La. – On the long and storied list of what makes New Orleans famous, healthy food and cutting-edge business development are not typically found near the top. But those are the very two ingredients that one local restaurant company has blended for a business model that's attracting extraordinary attention from investors and entrepreneurs, not to mention the pizza-eating public.
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra day allows BP to gather pressure readings and other information critical to keeping the cap shut and the relief well on schedule. He says there's still no decision on allowing a static kill, a process which involves pouring heavy mud into the well. But BP vice president Kent Wells says there's no doubt the company wants to give it a try.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Operation Helping Hands | July 20, 2010
Thousands of houses still sit empty and battered around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and behind many of them are stories of people still trying to get back home. Until very recently, New Orleans East resident Gloria Cole had one such story to tell.
New Orleans, LA – Public Radio and Television Host Tavis Smiley has a national PBS special on New Orleans looking at the city 5 years after Katrina. It premiers 7-21-10 7pm locally on WYES. WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with Tavis about the show.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu's announcement about plans for a hospital in New Orleans East included remarks about the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico. It's evidence of how the disaster is affecting multiple layers of local government.
New Orleans, La. – The containment cap has been holding back oil from the Gulf since Thursday. BP says it wants to keep it shut until a relief well kills the ruptured lines from under the sea floor sometime next month. The cap has equipment to determine the flow rate. Some officials say the information is critical to calculate BP's financial liability. But retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's confident the flow rate will be determined.