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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Spill / Exxon Valdez Spill #970601

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 18, 2010
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(Studio: Dan Harris) Report introduced.

(Buras, Louisiana: Matt Gutman) The growing debate between BP & the government over the capping procedures for the oil that has been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico examined; underwater video shown of the cap, oil on the surface & an oily bird in the marshes; details given about the crucial pressure readings. [Voice of COO Doug SUTTLES†- says it is hopeful.] A statement from retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen about test extensions quoted. [Cornell lab of ornithology Marc DANTZKER†- talks about the risk for oiled birds.] The possible significance of the mysterious bubbles seen on the BP video & why BP may not want to siphon all the oil to the surface ships discussed.

(Studio: Dan Harris) The lasting effects of the oil in Alaska from the Exxon Valdez spill examined; scenes shown of the ecosystem; details given about the social effects in the region. [Fisherman Tom LOPEZ†- says it takes a lot of time.] [Marine conservation consultant professor Rick STEINER†- talks about the lack of fish recovery & the emotional problems in the Gulf.] [Alaska oil spill commission Walter PARKER†- says let's regulate the industry.]

Harris, Dan;
Gutman, Matt

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