Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
2:06 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

More Testing Set During Weather Delay At BP Well

New Orleans, La. – Bad weather is expected to delay the relief well operation by as much as three days. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra time will be used for testing the system that rings the outside of the well itself.

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Gulf Oil Spill
1:59 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Bad Weather Delays Relief Well

New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the relief well will be delayed two to three days.

"The low pressure system off the west coast of Florida right now in its intended track has made it advisable that we cease drilling operations until that weather system has passed."

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:42 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Allen Focusing On Shoreline Recovery

New Orleans, La. – Allen says he will be in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reviewing hurricane planning, shoreline recovery and the Vessels of Opportunity program involving out-of-work fishermen.

"Since we're very close to being able to control the spill at the source, our focus now has to be in the areas that are impacted ashore. And we still have some impacts in Mississippi and Alabama and Florida regarding tarballs on beaches, but we're really focusing, too, on the marsh areas."

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:39 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Allen Says Containment Cap Will Be Removed

New Orleans, La. – The government's point man for the response says once the well is declared dead, crews will start removing the containment cap that stopped the leak in mid-July.

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Gulf Oil Spill
12:28 pm
Sun August 8, 2010

BP Resumes Drilling Relief Well

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:07 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

BP May Produce Oil From Reservoir After Blown-Out Well Killed

New Orleans, La. – BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says no decision has been made yet on what to do about the oil lease it holds to drill in the Gulf.

"Clearly there's lots of oil and gas here and we'll have to think about what to do with that at some point. But what we've always stated is the original well - the well that had the blowout - and the relief wells would be abandoned. And that's what we're doing."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:01 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Allen Says Relief Well On Target For Mid-August

New Orleans, La. – The government point man for the oil spill says permanently killing the well from the bottom will be done in stages.

"We'll drill approximately 30 feet further down into the well and between the 8th of August and the 13th of August there will be three patterns where we will drill 30 feet."

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:48 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Allen Orders BP To Cement Broken Well From Top And Bottom

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Gulf Oil Spill
2:45 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Allen Says Cement Filling Gaps in Static Kill

New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's not ready to declare the well dead just yet.

"I think we can all breathe a little easier regarding the potential that we'll have oil in the Gulf ever again. But we need to ensure the people of the Gulf and the people of the United States that this thing is properly finished and that will be through the bottom. Now how long it takes depends on when the cementing is done."

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:39 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Static Kill Being Closely Monitored

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