New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says a third containment system set to go on line this week has been delayed. He says 10- to 12-foot seas are expected for the next few days.
"When we get over about 5 foot of seas they're going to have to stop the preparations for the Helix Producer which was the third production vessel we were going to bring in on the 30th of June to hook to the new vertical riser to increase our production up to 53,000 barrels."
New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says more oil is heading toward wetlands.
"We have seen the oil change direction. It was generally heading east to the panhandle of Florida. Because of wind conditions and current we now see oil start to enter Mississippi Sound and areas around Chandeleur and Breton Sound. We're very concerned about that. We're moving forces there as we speak."
New Orleans, La. – Governor Jindal says BP has yet to provide details of how it would move clean-up crews away from the oil spilling into four states.
"One of the things they've asked them to do is to commit about the specific evacuation staging areas, where they'll go and locate. Earlier we'd them for their plan. It wasn't adequate. We've asked them to update it."
New Orleans, LA – Scores of health professionals from across the US and beyond convened yesterday in New Orleans at the Hotel Monteleone for a 2-day workshop on the human health effects of the Gulf oil disaster. Zoe Sullivan was there for WWNO and files this report.
New Orleans, La. – The judge sided with the supply companies' argument that the Interior Department's six-month ban on new drilling was an arbitrary reaction to BP's disastrous well explosion. They said there's no reason to believe other wells pose an immediate threat. Eric Smith of the Tulane Energy Institute says the industry's economic concerns won't be settled until the case is decided.
New Orleans, La. – Catherine Wannamaker of the Southern Environmental Law Center in Atlanta, Georgia, says the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is evidence of what is not known about the drilling industry.
"There's systemic risk that we didn't know about before and we're only learning now how we might be able to prevent those and to adequately respond if we do have a blowout, which we haven't been able to do to this disaster."
New Orleans, La. – St. Bernard Project Director Zack Rosenburg says the group has a four-part plan to not only get residents back in their homes, but to also make sure they're financially stable and emotionally healthy. A mental health and wellness clinic is expanding. Peer-to-peer counseling is being arranged. Outreach workers are being hired from the community, and a hiring program is starting for idle fishermen to build homes still needed after Hurricane Katrina.