New Orleans, La. – The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is telling oil industry representatives meeting at the Baker Institute at Rice University that new regulations aren't holding up offshore operations. Michael Bromwich says there are still unanswered questions about containing an accident.
New Orleans, La. – Secretary Locke says the program called Commerce Connect is expanding to help businesses getting started or looking to grow. He says it's one way to help small companies that are still struggling to recover from the BP oil spill last April.
We really felt that we needed to help those small-business owners who are so, you know, preoccupied with just trying to keep the doors open and lining up business."
New Orleans, La. – BP says the laptop was lost March 1st. It started sending notices this week to those affected. The laptop requires a password, but the information itself is not encrypted. It includes a person's name, birthday and Social Security number. The claims were filed before the process was taken over in August by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. BP says there's no evidence the information has been misused, and it's offering free credit monitoring. For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.
New Orleans, La. – Sir Nigel Sheinwald is meeting today (Tuesday) with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and later in the week with Florida Governor Rick Scott. He says Louisiana's two Senators, Gulf Coast claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg and others have given him updates and he's confident that BP is making headway.
New Orleans, La. – Ministers from throughout the Gulf Coast say their members - especially those with low or fixed incomes - are being crushed by financial losses caused by the spill. They say victims include a grandmother no longer needed for babysitting children because their mothers are losing their jobs.