Environment

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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Gulf Oil Spill
4:46 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

BP Trying Smaller Containment Dome

New Orleans, La. – BP is calling the smaller dome a "top hat." It's 4-feet-by-five-feet and weighs a fraction of the first four-story unit now off to the side. BP executive Doug Suttles says the smaller unit should be easier to install a mile below the surface. He says it will be equipped to prevent the icy slush that lifted the giant dome off the ocean floor. He says BP will also try plugging the leak with debris - called a junk shot.

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Gulf Oil Spill
12:50 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Washington Lawmakers Set Oil Spill Hearings

New Orleans, La. – Top-level executives from BP and Transocean of Houston, which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf, are scheduled to testify at two Senate committee hearings this week. They could be asked about reports that BP executives aboard the Deepwater Horizon were celebrating the company's safety record just as the April 20th explosion ripped the rig apart.
BP executive Doug Suttles confirmed the celebration did take place.

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Gulf Oil Spill
12:48 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Sierra Club Calls Out For Volunteers

New Orleans, La. – Sierra Club President Allison Chin says the organization sent out an online emergency call for volunteers, and 25,000 signed up. It's not clear yet what those volunteers will do - or can do - at the site of the spill. She says it's vital that volunteers at least keep the disaster in the forefront of national discussions.

"It will go on. It's got to go on. This is going to, unfortunately, impact communities for decades."

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