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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Rig Explosion / Spill #964279

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 29, 2010
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The state of emergency over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is spreading towards the coastal area introduced; map shown.

(Venice, Louisiana: Ryan Owens) The oil spill from leaks from the BP sunken oil rig featured; scenes shown of the oil on the surface of the water, yesterday's controlled burn & underwater robots. [NOAA administrator Jane LUBCHENKO†- comments on the spill estimates.] [Plaquemines Parish resident Billy NUNGESSER†- worries about the approaching oil.] BP's hope to pump chemical dispersal material underwater noted.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The Exxon Valdez spill of 1989 in Alaska recalled & compared to this spill with statistics cited.

(Venice, Louisiana: Sam Champion) The Mississippi River delta that is endangered by the oil spill featured; scenes shown from the Gulf of Mexico; details given of the threat to the fish & shrimp. [Houston Advanced Research Center Richard HAUT†- talks about the fish, birds & wildlife of the wetlands.] How oil booms work to contain the oil spill explained. [Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Michele KELLEY†- explains how ingested oil kills.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer; White House: Jake Tapper) The renewed debate over President Obama's plans to expand offshore oil drilling & the aggressive push by the White House to fight the oil spill discussed.

Sawyer, Diane;
Owens, Ryan;
Champion, Sam;
Tapper, Jake

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