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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Spill #974771

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Day 57 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico introduced; new flow rate estimate cited; map shown.

(Venice, Louisiana: Tom Costello) BP’s efforts to collect the oil updated; details given about the setback in the siphoning operation from a lightning strike and fire on the collection ship; scenes shown of the fire, oily Sargasso grass and the incident command center in Houma, Louisiana. [Jefferson County councilman John YOUNG†- says BP’s credibility is shot.] [Coast Guard incident commander Capt. Roger LaFERRIERE†- says every day it’s a new oil spill.] BP’s plans to increase the containment capacity noted.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(White House: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama's first Oval Office address on the oil spill previewed; scenes shown of him on the beach with Florida Governor Charlie Crist; details given about what he will say and the importance of the venue. [In Pensacola, OBAMA – says it’s an assault on our shores.] [Presidential historian Michael BESCHLOSS†- notes Obama will try to show he thinks this is important.] Tomorrow’s meeting between Obama and BP executives noted.

(Studio: Lester Holt) NBC’s coverage of Obama’s address tonight noted.

(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The Congressional grilling of oil industry executives about their drilling operations featured; scenes shown from the hearings; details given about the companies’ emergency response plans. [Representatives Anthony WEINER†, Charles GONZALEZ†, Cliff STEARNS†- scold the executives.] [Representative Joseph CAO†- makes a samurai suggestion.] [Representative Harry WAXMAN†- says ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell are as unprepared as BP was.] [Representative Edward MARKEY†- wonders why walruses are in a response plan for the Gulf.] [ExxonMobil Corp. CEO Rex TILLERSON†- says it’s an embarrassment that walruses were included.] [ConocoPhillips CEO James MULVA†- says most of us would have handled it differently.] Thursday’s questioning of BP CEO Tony Hayward noted.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Grand Isle, Louisiana: Thanh Truong) Louisiana’s efforts to keep the oil from contaminating its marshlands featured; details given about the plan to use partially submerged barges to protect Pass Abel and Four Bayou Pass; diagrams shown. [Governor Bobby JINDAL – says we are losing this war at this time.] [LaFERRIERE – explains how the barge plan will work.] [Grand Isle Mayor David CARMARDELLE†- says we’re working around the clock to fight the oil.]

Holt, Lester;
Costello, Tom;
Guthrie, Savannah;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Truong, Thanh

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