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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Rig / Spill #964991

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 30, 2010
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico updated; photos & maps shown.

(Venice, Louisiana: Mark Strassmann) The oil spill that is nearing the Louisiana coastline featured; scenes shown of an oily bird, oil booms in the wavy water & of fishermen to be hired for the cleanup. [President OBAMA - cites the government's response.] [Secretary of Homeland Security Janet NAPOLITANO - says it is time for BP to act.] [Fishing boat captain Ron PRICE, oyster fisherman Matthew LEPITICH†- react to what is happening.] [BP project director David KINNAIRD†- says we are here for the long haul.] The revisions of estimates of the extent of the spill & the potential economic impact on shipping & tourism discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) The environmental impact of the oil spill on the Breton National Wildlife Refuge†† off Louisiana reported; film shown of President Theodore Roosevelt on the island.

(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The lessons from the Exxon Valdez cleanup in Alaska for the Gulf examined; details given about what BP is doing so far & diagrams of tactics, including oil-eating bacteria, shown. [Historian Douglas BRINKLEY - calls this a "second Katrina."] [University of California at Santa Barbara Joshua SCHIMEL†- comments on the Gulf coast spill; notes this is lighter oil.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live interview held with Coast Guard commandant Adm. Thad Allen about the oil spill; April 21 footage of the oil rig fire shown. [From Washington, DC, ALLEN - outlines what has been done in fighting the oil spill; explains the differences in the Gulf & Exxon Valdez oil leaks.]

Couric, Katie;
Strassmann, Mark;
Tracy, Ben

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