Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
4:25 pm
Sat May 15, 2010

Interior Secretary Oversees Federal Help in Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – BP will try again to insert a pipe inside the leaking one on the seabed. Company Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the first attempt failed to connect the mile-long pipe to the surface ship that could take the oil diverted from the spill.
Secretary Salazar says the government is doing all it can to help BP.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:07 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Oil Spill Striking Fragile Wetlands

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:26 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Landrieu Wants National Help for Safe Energy

New Orleans, La. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says floating barriers are on hand in case oil makes its way north to the salt-water lake. It's actually an oval estuary connected to the Gulf 70 miles to the south. Landrieu says the region needs the nation's help in making sure off-shore drilling is safe.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:45 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Coast Guard, Jindal, See Tar Balls Differently

New Orleans, La. – Landry says attacks on the millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf are successfully keeping it offshore.

"The vast majority of the Gulf Coast has seen no landfall from this spill. BP teams continue to respond to very sporadic reports of tar balls, ribbons of emulsified oil."

But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says those globs of oil could be a sign of much more on the way.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:43 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Coast Guard Says Spill Flow Doesn't Affect Response

New Orleans, La. – Some scientists reviewing underwater footage of oil flowing from the BP well says it's coming out at a much higher rate than BP and federal officials are saying. After the rig exploded three weeks ago, Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the well appeared to be capped. She said later that about 1,000 barrels a day were leaking, then 5,000. Experts looking at BP's underwater images say it's more like 70,000 barrels a day

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:34 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Containment Efforts Approach Hurricane Season

New Orleans, La. – June first marks the first day of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, weather has mostly been calm, but stormy conditions have kept skimmers off choppy waters for days at a time since the drilling rig exploded three weeks ago. But Coast Guard Rear Mary Landry says coastal communities are well-trained in handling hurricane conditions.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:20 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Landfall Hard to Predict

New Orleans, La. – Crews are laying booms off wetlands and watching shoreline from Louisiana to Florida, but tracking the movement of four million gallons of oil swirling in a plume underwater is proving to be a tough assignment. BP executive Doug Suttles says crews remain on standby along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:44 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

BP Studies Options for Small Dome

New Orleans, La. – Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the dome called a "top hat" could be placed over the leaking pipes and be hooked up to a surface ship. Or engineers could link the contraption to the pipe itself.

"One version is actually a collection devise, the other is a piece of pipe we intend to insert into the riser to try to collect the oil from inside the riser and bring it to the drill ship."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:45 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Coast Guard, MMS Hearings Set on Oil Disaster

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:56 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

BP Sticks With Cap-and-Plug Plan

New Orleans, La. – BP is sticking with the idea of containing the oil offshore with a cap and plug. It will be shipping a much smaller dome it calls a "top hat" to cap leaking pipes, while engineers prepare to plug the leak itself with scraps of material, called a junk shot.
Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles cautions that both are untried remedies for a leak a mile under water.

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