Coastal Desk

Gulf Oil Spill
10:45 am
Mon May 17, 2010

BP Insertion Pipe Catching Some Oil

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:56 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

Salazar Consulting With Government Experts on Oil Spill Plans

New Orleans, La. – Secretary Salazar is visiting various emergency response stations throughout the Gulf Coast, from wildlife rescue centers to the Coast Guard headquarters outside New Orleans. Salazar will be consulting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and others Sunday afternoon.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:28 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

Coast Guard Confident Underwater Oil Poses No Surprises

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says officials will make information available that shows how closely the underwater oil is monitored.

"We have a pretty good handle on the oil we're dealing with. We have a very good handle on the oil we're dealing with. Both at the source, through the water column and on the surface. And as it hits the shoreline, and we're tracking it constantly."

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:25 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

Interior Secretary Oversees Federal Help in Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – BP will try again to insert a pipe inside the leaking one on the seabed. Company Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the first attempt failed to connect the mile-long pipe to the surface ship that could take the oil diverted from the spill.
Secretary Salazar says the government is doing all it can to help BP.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:07 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Oil Spill Striking Fragile Wetlands

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:26 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Landrieu Wants National Help for Safe Energy

New Orleans, La. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says floating barriers are on hand in case oil makes its way north to the salt-water lake. It's actually an oval estuary connected to the Gulf 70 miles to the south. Landrieu says the region needs the nation's help in making sure off-shore drilling is safe.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:45 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Coast Guard, Jindal, See Tar Balls Differently

New Orleans, La. – Landry says attacks on the millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf are successfully keeping it offshore.

"The vast majority of the Gulf Coast has seen no landfall from this spill. BP teams continue to respond to very sporadic reports of tar balls, ribbons of emulsified oil."

But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says those globs of oil could be a sign of much more on the way.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:43 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Coast Guard Says Spill Flow Doesn't Affect Response

New Orleans, La. – Some scientists reviewing underwater footage of oil flowing from the BP well says it's coming out at a much higher rate than BP and federal officials are saying. After the rig exploded three weeks ago, Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the well appeared to be capped. She said later that about 1,000 barrels a day were leaking, then 5,000. Experts looking at BP's underwater images say it's more like 70,000 barrels a day

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:34 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Containment Efforts Approach Hurricane Season

New Orleans, La. – June first marks the first day of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, weather has mostly been calm, but stormy conditions have kept skimmers off choppy waters for days at a time since the drilling rig exploded three weeks ago. But Coast Guard Rear Mary Landry says coastal communities are well-trained in handling hurricane conditions.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:20 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Landfall Hard to Predict

New Orleans, La. – Crews are laying booms off wetlands and watching shoreline from Louisiana to Florida, but tracking the movement of four million gallons of oil swirling in a plume underwater is proving to be a tough assignment. BP executive Doug Suttles says crews remain on standby along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast.

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