Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
2:13 pm
Mon May 24, 2010

Federal Officials and Lawmakers Pressing BP on Cleanup

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:46 pm
Sun May 23, 2010

Jindal Calls for 'Greater Sense of Urgency'

New Orleans, La. – Jindal says that BP isn't deploying nearly enough boats to capture the oil. One local leader commandeered 50 vessels he says were idle and sent them out to protect the area around Grand Isle just outside the wetlands in Jefferson Parish.
Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says she understands people are upset.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:34 pm
Sat May 22, 2010

State Leaders Frustrated With Clean-up Response

New Orleans, La. – State and local leaders want to build 80 miles of sand bars to block oil now seeping into wetlands. They're blasting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for taking weeks to approve dredging permits.
Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says all plans must be evaluated.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:01 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Louisiana Officials Start Their Own Spill Response

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:28 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

NOAA Plans Flights Over Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says experts still don't know how much oil is in the Gulf, if there are in fact underwater streams that some say are 10 miles long, or where it will end up.

"The probes activate upon hitting the ocean surface and immediately begin transmitting data about sea temperature, salinity and currents back to computers aboard the aircraft, providing information about surface and subsurface oceanography."

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:25 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

NOAA Could Have Determined Spill Rate Sooner

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says scientists could have established how much oil was flowing at BP's underwater leak with more equipment.

"We do have the knowledge and the instruments to do that. The decision was made that the first priority had to be to stop the flow."

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Gulf Oil Spill
3:21 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

EPA Orders BP To Use Different Chemical Dispersants

New Orleans, La. – The EPA says BP has 24 hours to find an alternative dispersant, and 72 hours to start using it. BP has been spraying the surface spill with dispersants since it developed about a month ago. BP executive Doug Suttles says that as underwater robots proved unable to stop the leak, the company reached out for ideas.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:22 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

NOAA Extending Fishing Ban

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says almost 46,000 square miles is now off limits. Food and Drug Administration inspectors will test fish in the region.

"The plan includes sampling seafood from inside and outside the closed areas as well as dockside and market-based sampling."

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:30 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

NOAA Tracking Oil Sheen in Loop Current

New Orleans, La. – The sheen is being tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spokesman Charlie Henry says the oil is moving slowly and could break apart before hitting land.

"The bulk of the oil is still way away to the northeast - I'm sorry - to the northwest of the loop current, and that oil is not in the immediate future a threat to be feeling the influence of the loop current and move down."

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:36 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

BP Planning on 'Top Kill' Plugging Well Leak

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says officials are now pinning hopes on a procedure to start next week that's being called a "top kill." Engineers are testing pressure to make sure the busted blow-out preventer on the sea bed can handle heavy liquids plugging the leak.

"Let's all keep our fingers crossed. Let's all say our prayers. We absolutely hope top kills works. We're anxious to see that it does."

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