New Orleans, La. – The president of a parish north of New Orleans is fuming over Coast Guard plans to move barges protecting Lake Pontchartrain. Kevin Davis says a deal's been reached to store barges within the parish, not the 100 miles he says the Coast Guard wanted. But Admiral Thad Allen says it's critical to protect equipment that will clean up the shore once the storm passes.
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says local leaders are helping to find safe places near shore where skimmers and boom can ride out forecast heavy winds and seas. He says he wants to avoid mistakes made ahead of Hurricane Katrina five years ago.
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says stormy weather may mean that robotically operated vehicles that have been transmitting images from the sea floor may have to be taken out of harm's way.
"We have determined that if we have to evacuate the site, we are prepared to leave the well capped. We will attempt to do ROV monitoring as long as we can. We think we can probably keep vessels on scene."
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says if conditions get too rough, vessels now at the well site will be sent to shore for safety. He says one of the last to leave will be a ship carrying robots that have been transmitting images of the well.
"If we had to leave the well capped and unattended right now, we're probably be looking at a gap of three to four days where we would not have surveillance on scene."
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra day allows BP to gather pressure readings and other information critical to keeping the cap shut and the relief well on schedule. He says there's still no decision on allowing a static kill, a process which involves pouring heavy mud into the well. But BP vice president Kent Wells says there's no doubt the company wants to give it a try.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu's announcement about plans for a hospital in New Orleans East included remarks about the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico. It's evidence of how the disaster is affecting multiple layers of local government.