Coastal Desk

Gulf Oil Spill
6:18 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Congressmen Calling for Sweeping Changes to MMS

New Orleans, La. – New York Congressman Ed Towns, a Democrat, has been meeting with government agencies in the Gulf Coast battling the oil spill. The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee says a new plan to split up staff in charge of oversight from those imposing fines is worth a try.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:29 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Supply Vessel Accident Halts Clean-up

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:35 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Experts Say Worse-Case Flow Rate Twice as Bad

New Orleans, La. – Several panels of experts assembled by the Obama administration are monitoring high-resolution video of the leaking cap system, using sound tests and pressure readings to estimate the spill rate. US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt heads the government panels. She says the revised numbers don't reflect the spill rate after BP sliced open its riser pipe last week to funnel oil to surface ships. McNutt says an exact amount won't be known until the well is completely shut off.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:07 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

More Oiled Birds Being Recovered in Louisiana

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:00 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

NOAA Increases Spill Monitoring

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:34 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Bob Thomas -oil plumes, sand berms

New Orleans – Bob Thomas, head of the Loyola Center for Environmental Communications talks about oil plumes, sand berms and wind patterns related to the oil spill

Gulf Oil Spill
5:45 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

BP Manages to Cut Pipe on Riser

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says underwater robots have managed to get through the first phase of the latest engineering system.

"For the first time in a couple of days I have some good news. We have just cut the pipe off the lower marine package."

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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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