Environment

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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Gulf Oil Spill
9:34 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Bob Thomas -oil plumes, sand berms

New Orleans – Bob Thomas, head of the Loyola Center for Environmental Communications talks about oil plumes, sand berms and wind patterns related to the oil spill

Gulf Oil Spill
5:45 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

BP Manages to Cut Pipe on Riser

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says underwater robots have managed to get through the first phase of the latest engineering system.

"For the first time in a couple of days I have some good news. We have just cut the pipe off the lower marine package."

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:03 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Hurricane Hitting Oil Spill Worries Oyster Industry

New Orleans, La. – Mike Voisin of the Gulf Oyster Industry Council says oyster harvesting continues in about 50 percent of the productive areas. He says the state closes areas on short notice for testing, making it difficult for fishermen to plan their harvesting. But he says he's most worried about where a hurricane could push contaminated water.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:26 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

BP Still Developing Hurricane Plan

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:23 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

NOAA Fishing Ban Extends to Cuba

New Orleans, La. – NOAA says parts of the oil slick are moving into waters off eastern Alabama and the western tip of the Florida panhandle. Some large patches of sheen are moving onto the west Florida shelf and south to Cuba. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says there are also reports of oil hitting island areas off Alabama.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:25 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Oil Containment System Could Be Abandoned in Hurricane

New Orleans, La. – Allen says capping the underwater leak is no longer an option. He says the aim is now to contain the oil offshore until it's transferred to surface vessels. That will need floating equipment that may be evacuated during a hurricane, and oil will then spill freely into the Gulf.

"Nothing is fail safe with hurricane season coming, and there may be a time we may have to disconnect and have to accept the fact there will be oil flowing up there until we redeploy back"

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