Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
6:55 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Tropical Storm Delays BP Plan To Kill Blown-out Well

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:51 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Underwater Cap May Be Out Of View During Storm

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."

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:18 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Stormy Weather Could Halt Clean-up and Relief Well

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."

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:40 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Allen Reviewing Choices To Kill BP Well

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:08 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

'Women of the Storm' Launches Gulf Restoration Campaign

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:51 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

BP Gets More Testing Time, Planning For 'Static Kill'

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:39 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Mayor Landrieu 'Cautiously Optimistic" About Well Containment, Concerned for Long-Term Effects

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.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:37 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Coast Guard Says Flow Rate Will Be Determined, Even With Cap Shut

New Orleans, La. – The containment cap has been holding back oil from the Gulf since Thursday. BP says it wants to keep it shut until a relief well kills the ruptured lines from under the sea floor sometime next month. The cap has equipment to determine the flow rate. Some officials say the information is critical to calculate BP's financial liability. But retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's confident the flow rate will be determined.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:47 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

BP Cap Stays Shut While Leaks, Bubbles Monitored

New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says a small leak on the cap is being monitored while it stays shut. There's also a leak about two miles away that experts say is probably not related to BP's well system. And some bubbles are coming from the blow-out preventer below the cap. But the government's point man on the operation says it could be that problems are being found because the roaring oil leak has been capped since Thursday.

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Gulf Oil Spill
12:32 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Weather Forecasts Vital to Oil Cleanup

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