New Orleans, La. – BP and the Coast Guard will hire wildlife experts to make sure there are no turtles caught up in the oil that's corralled and burned on the surface. After a fisherman raised concerns on YouTube, four environmental groups sought a restraining order to stop the controlled burns.
New Orleans, La. – The Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been reviewing test results on air samples taken in the response area. They looked at levels of exposure to oil, chemical dispersants and other hazardous material. OSHA Regional Administrator Cindy Coe met with clean-up workers this week in Venice. She says some workers were worried about the smoke that billows off oil burned at the surface.
New Orleans, La. – Hurricane Alex steered 500 miles away from the leaking oil well but still managed to knock out containment efforts along the Gulf Coast. Now weaker winds and storm systems are pushing oil into sensitive wetlands where skimmers are getting back in service.
Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says rough seas make it difficult to skim and contain oil away from marshes.
New Orleans, La. – The Coast Guard says wind and currents are pushing the oil west and into sensitive wetland areas south of New Orleans. Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says estuaries connecting Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans could be contaminated.
"It's going to be a long weekend from an oil-spill response perspective. And we expect that there's going to continue to be intermittent periods of rain and thunderstorms due to a trough system across the Gulf of Mexico." :15
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says waves up to 10 feet high at the drilling site are making the sea too rough for skimmers to recover oil off the water and winds are too strong to burn oil off the surface. But he says things could be have been worse had the hurricane headed north.
"We've been held hostage by the oil but now the weather is holding us hostage. And, granted, this is not severe weather like what you would experience in a hurricane."
New Orleans, La. – BP is planning to put a new containment cap over the leaking well with a tighter seal than the one that's now in place. But officials say oil would pour straight into the Gulf while the switch is underway. Napolitano says secretaries of the Interior and Energy Departments will review alternatives.