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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Spill #974715

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 11, 2010
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(Studio: Harry Smith) Day 53 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico introduced; underwater scenes shown.

(Off the coast of Louisiana: Mark Strassmann) BP’s oil burning operation featured; scenes shown of the “burn box” in the Gulf, the command ship Explorer, skimming boats, the command center in Houma, Louisiana. [Oil spill consultant Alan ALLEN†- says it’s the first time we’ve used fire-resistant boom.] [Command center MAN – comments.] [Coast Guard deputy incident commander Capt. Meredith AUSTIN†- notes the goal to minimize the amount of oil that could reach shore.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Orange Beach, Alabama: Kelly Cobiella) The frustration in coastal communities over BP’s control of the cleanup operations featured; scenes shown of oil off the Alabama-Florida coastline and on the beach, National Guardsmen at Lulu’s Restaurant in Gulf Shores trying to convince workers to file claims with BP; details given of Florida’s request for escrow funds from BP so its counties can respond quicker. [WOMAN – reacts.] [Escambia County commissioner Grover ROBINSON†- says we don’t understand why we can’t have more input.] [Visit Pensacola director Ed SCHROEDER†- worries about tourism.] [Lulu’s worker Andrea CHAMBERS†- comments.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Las Vegas: Sharyl Attkisson) Criticism of the government featured; details given about the changing estimates on the amount of oil leaking and the flap over the drilling moratorium; scientists’ letter to Congress quoted. [Purdue University professor Steve WERELEY††- states he’s not happy with the press release.] [Interior Secretary Ken SALAZAR†- says the moratorium was his decision.] Viewer question on offshore rigs discussed.

Reporter(s):
Smith, Harry;
Strassmann, Mark;
Cobiella, Kelly;
Attkisson, Sharyl
Duration:
00:07:00

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