Gulf Oil Spill
8:03 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Hurricane Hitting Oil Spill Worries Oyster Industry

New Orleans, La. – Mike Voisin of the Gulf Oyster Industry Council says oyster harvesting continues in about 50 percent of the productive areas. He says the state closes areas on short notice for testing, making it difficult for fishermen to plan their harvesting. But he says he's most worried about where a hurricane could push contaminated water.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:26 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

BP Still Developing Hurricane Plan

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:23 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

NOAA Fishing Ban Extends to Cuba

New Orleans, La. – NOAA says parts of the oil slick are moving into waters off eastern Alabama and the western tip of the Florida panhandle. Some large patches of sheen are moving onto the west Florida shelf and south to Cuba. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says there are also reports of oil hitting island areas off Alabama.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:25 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Oil Containment System Could Be Abandoned in Hurricane

New Orleans, La. – Allen says capping the underwater leak is no longer an option. He says the aim is now to contain the oil offshore until it's transferred to surface vessels. That will need floating equipment that may be evacuated during a hurricane, and oil will then spill freely into the Gulf.

"Nothing is fail safe with hurricane season coming, and there may be a time we may have to disconnect and have to accept the fact there will be oil flowing up there until we redeploy back"

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Gulf Oil Spill
3:39 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Coast Guard Changes Command Structure to Oil Response

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he will now take over news briefings apart from BP. Rear Admiral Mary Landry had been conducting briefings alongside BP officials since the April 20th rig explosion that preceded the oil spill.

"The goal is to create as broad a picture of this response, what's going on, and speak very frankly to the American public."

Allen praised Landry's oversight of BP's response.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:46 pm
Sat May 29, 2010

Next BP Plan To Use Robots To Cut Leaking Pipe

New Orleans, La. – BP is no longer plunging heavy mud into the well. The gushing flow blasted out all 33,000 barrels of the material, and shooting debris into the well didn't work either. BP executive Doug Suttles says it's now getting robots ready to slice off a leaking pipe and fit a containment device to funnel oil to a surface ship.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:41 pm
Sat May 29, 2010

BP's 'Top Kill' Fails

New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says that after more than three days of off-and-on pumping of heavy mud into the well, it's clear the oil is still roaring into the Gulf.

"This scares everybody; the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing, or haven't succeeded in that so far."

Suttles says a relief well could take a few months.

None of us want to wait until these relief wells get down at the point that that occurs."

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Gulf Oil Spill
3:07 pm
Sat May 29, 2010

BP Denies Clean-up Crews 'Window Dressing'

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:48 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

NOAA Research Ship Prepares To Track Oil

New Orleans, La. – Captain Shepard Smith says the research ship Thomas Jefferson normally maps wetlands and shallow waters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It's now in New Orleans, preparing to head out next week and look for deep-sea oil.

"We're really adapting sensors that are designed for other oceanographic purposes to this very particular task, and we don't know exactly how it's going to work out yet."

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