Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
4:59 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Coast Guard Readies 2,000 Private Vessels to Fight Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – The Coast Guard will be outfitting the smaller vessels with communication and tracking equipment needed for skimming operations.

"This is something that is on a scale that far exceeds anything we've done on a domestic response before but it's also an indication of the willingness and the passion of local people to get involved and help us in this clean up. So the whole issue moving forward is going to be unity of effort."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:49 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Mayor Landrieu Wants BP to Fund Marketing Campaign

New Orleans, La. – Landrieu says all the bad news about the oil spill is confusing visitors into believing the oil is lapping up in the city, and seafood isn't safe. Neither is true, but he says the misperception could take hold.

"It is really important that we get way ahead of this. We can see it coming. We know what's going to happen. We know how to prevent it. We need the resources to do it. It's an easy call."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:25 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Government New Flow Estimates at 60,000 Barrels a Day

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:00 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

More Sea Turtles Arriving at Rescue Centers

New Orleans, La. – More than 350 turtles have been collected, most of which were dead. Those rescued are taken to wildlife stations for cleaning and observation. Barbara Schroeder is the national sea turtle coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:44 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Congressman Cao Wants Drilling Moratorium Modified

New Orleans, La. – The Republican lawmaker says up to 60,000 jobs are at risk if the oil industry leaves the Gulf. He suggests that drilling continue, but stop just before hitting oil reserves.

"Once the moratorium ends and if we allow them to resume drilling, at least the time gap is not wasted. But at the same time we're able to keep the rigs here and keep jobs here rather than have them go someplace else and not returning for years."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:18 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Congressmen Calling for Sweeping Changes to MMS

New Orleans, La. – New York Congressman Ed Towns, a Democrat, has been meeting with government agencies in the Gulf Coast battling the oil spill. The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee says a new plan to split up staff in charge of oversight from those imposing fines is worth a try.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:29 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Supply Vessel Accident Halts Clean-up

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:35 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Experts Say Worse-Case Flow Rate Twice as Bad

New Orleans, La. – Several panels of experts assembled by the Obama administration are monitoring high-resolution video of the leaking cap system, using sound tests and pressure readings to estimate the spill rate. US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt heads the government panels. She says the revised numbers don't reflect the spill rate after BP sliced open its riser pipe last week to funnel oil to surface ships. McNutt says an exact amount won't be known until the well is completely shut off.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:07 pm
Wed June 9, 2010

More Oiled Birds Being Recovered in Louisiana

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:00 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

NOAA Increases Spill Monitoring

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