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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Rig / Spill #971892

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 30, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico updated; map and photos of an oily bird shown.

(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) The growing disaster featured; details given about the impending storm. [Boat captain Walter HEATHCOCK†- says it’s a total catastrophe.] [Louisiana Governor Bobby JINDAL††- worries about fragile coastal sites.] [Interior Secretary Ken SALAZAR – says British Petroleum has a massive spill for which they are responsible.] [Seafood dealer Matt O’BRYAN‡- worries about his business.] The deployment of the National Guard to Louisiana noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Port Sulphur, Louisiana: Mark Potter) The looming environmental disaster featured; images shown from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska; satellite image shown of the sensitive Birds Foot Delta and Breton Island areas; details given of the risk to Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican. [Audubon Society bird conservation director Melanie DRISCOLL††, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Kerry ST. PE’†- comment on the threat to birds.]

(Gulfport, Mississippi: Michelle Kosinski) The threat to the fishery and tourism industries along the Gulf coast featured. [Fishermen Randy and Judy LESSO†- comment.]

(Port Sulphur, Louisiana: Thanh Truong) The concern of Vietnamese-American shrimpers featured; details given about the influx of refugees from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. [SHRIMPER – comments on clashes between the locals and the immigrants.] [Mary Queen of Vietnam Church pastor Vien NGUYEN†- says we will prevail again.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Tom Costello) Efforts to stop the leak examined; details given about the damage to the rig structure, including the blowout preventer; underwater scenes shown; diagrams shown of dispersants being pumped and domes being lowered to the bottom of the Gulf and of the relief well process; photos shown of domes under construction. [Colorado School of Mines professor Craig VAN KIRK†- says these valves are intended to stop the leak.] [Rice University professor Satish NAGARAJAIAH†- notes the challenges of the dome procedure.] The debate over what kind of oil is on the surface noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: Chuck Todd) The White House response to this disaster featured; details given about the different agencies involved, which will be overseen by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. [President OBAMA – comments on the responsibility of BP and the administration.]

Williams, Brian;
Thompson, Anne;
Potter, Mark;
Kosinski, Michelle;
Truong, Thanh;
Costello, Tom;
Todd, Chuck

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