New Orleans, La. – Oil keeps gushing around a loose-fitting cap at the seafloor. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says seas are too rough to finish hooking up a third production vessel called the Helix. When it's expected to be on line in a few days, Allen says the surface operations could suck up most of the oil as it spills. Officials are still not sure about putting a tighter containment cap at the seabed because the blown out well would be wide open for a week while the switch is made.
New Orleans, La. – The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has been leading efforts to improve water quality in the estuary system. It's seen a replenishment in recent years of fish and other marine life. But 1,000 pounds of oil and waste managed to find it's way through miles of protective wetlands. Foundation spokesman John Lopez:
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New Orleans, La. – BP and the Coast Guard will hire wildlife experts to make sure there are no turtles caught up in the oil that's corralled and burned on the surface. After a fisherman raised concerns on YouTube, four environmental groups sought a restraining order to stop the controlled burns.
New Orleans, La. – The Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been reviewing test results on air samples taken in the response area. They looked at levels of exposure to oil, chemical dispersants and other hazardous material. OSHA Regional Administrator Cindy Coe met with clean-up workers this week in Venice. She says some workers were worried about the smoke that billows off oil burned at the surface.
New Orleans, La. – Hurricane Alex steered 500 miles away from the leaking oil well but still managed to knock out containment efforts along the Gulf Coast. Now weaker winds and storm systems are pushing oil into sensitive wetlands where skimmers are getting back in service.
Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says rough seas make it difficult to skim and contain oil away from marshes.