Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
9:06 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

BP Removes Capping Stack

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:01 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Coast Guard Looks For Oil After Platform Fire

New Orleans, La. – Mariner says the fire was on the upper deck of the two-story platform. The Coast Guard says Mariner initially reported an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide, but the government can't find it. Captain Peter Troedsson says the Coast Guard will use vessels and aircraft to check for leaks. He says he's not sure if oil is leaking underwater from the seven wells connected to the platform.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:16 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Blowout Preventer Removal Set To Start Today

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says vessels and equipment are at the well site to replace the blowout preventer now that storms have subsided.

"We are making preparations right now to take advantage of that weather window which we believe will last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and potentially into Sunday to remove the blowout preventer."

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Gulf Oil Spill
1:37 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Allen Sees No 'Significant Risk' Of Oil Leak During Final Well Kill

New Orleans, La. – Weather conditions at the well site are calming down enough to allow surface ships to begin taking off the capping stack. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the first step is removing the device that's kept oil from gushing into the Gulf since mid-July.

"At that point, the blowout preventer will be open, basically, and we'll be relying on the cement plug - about 5,000 feet of cement was put in during the static kill."

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:54 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Jindal Pushes Presidential Commission To Help End Drilling Ban

New Orleans, La. – Jindal says the moratorium could be disastrous for an economy that depends on
supporting deepwater drilling. He made the point directly to two panel members visiting New Orleans.

"Many of these smaller businesses are seeing reduced business, They're seeing their employees having to have fewer hours and take pay cuts to survive, and the uncertainty is what's driving a lot of their fears."

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Gulf Oil Spill
3:13 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Weather Delays Removal Of Blowout Preventer at BP's Well

New Orleans, La. – The government had planned to start removing the blowout preventer and capping stack on the well this week. But National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he doesn't want the equipment damaged as it's lifted off the well and hauled to the surface.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:28 pm
Sun August 29, 2010

President Obama Pledges Recovery From Katrina And Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – President Obama says images will always remain of the government's failed response to the hurricane and levee breaks five years ago. He says it wasn't hard to image at that time that New Orleans would never survive.

"Instead this city has become a symbol of resilience and of community and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another."

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:26 pm
Sat August 28, 2010

Obama Heading To New Orleans For Katrina Anniversary

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:20 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Letten Vows Continued Fraud Prosecutions From Katrina And BP Spill

New Orleans, La. – Letten says the statute of limitations for fraud is normally five years, but time constraints on prosecutors filing a case don't depend solely on when the fraudulent claim was first made.

"It also might not begin to run until funds are dispersed, or proceeds are actually -- if they're hidden or if there's any additional concealment done. So computing statues of limitations looks easy but it can be rather difficult, it'll be a little tricky."

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Gulf Oil Spill
12:06 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

NOAA Reopens More Federal Waters Off Louisiana

New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reopening some federal waters off the western Louisiana coast. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says samples from those waters have passed smell and chemical testing for traces of oil and dispersants. She says monitoring will continue to check for effects on the younger species.

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