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Gulf of Mexico / Oil Spill #974819

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 17, 2010
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) The grilling of BP CEO Tony Hayward at the Congressional hearing on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reviewed; scenes shown from outside the hearing room and a protest by a shrimper inside; British TV news clip shown. [HAYWARD – says he’s sorry; gives vague answers.] [Representatives Henry WAXMAN, John DINGELL†, Eliot ENGEL†, Bart STUPAK†, Phil GINGREY†, Kathy CASTOR†, Clifford STEARNS†, Steve SCALISE†- question, criticize Hayward.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The flap over Representative Joe Barton’s apology to Hayward featured; details given of his criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder’s participation in a meeting with BP. [BARTON – calls it a tragedy that a private corporation can be subject to a shakedown.] [Vice President Joe BIDEN – says it’s insisting on a responsible response to something they caused.] [HOLDER – defends the Justice Department’s role.] [Representative John BOEHNER†- says BP ought to be responsible for every dime of this tragedy.] [Later, BARTON – apologizes for the “misconstrued misconstruction.”]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) The cleanup operations updated; details given about the threat from thunderstorms. [At hearing, HAYWARD – says he regrets the impact on the environment.] [In New Orleans, WOMAN; in Florida, MAN – react to Hayward.] [Louisiana Governor Bobby JINDAL – criticizes the response.] [Coast Guard Adm. Thad ALLEN – calls for more skimmers.] [Coast Guard safety officer Doug WEBB‡- says weather is our main nemesis.]

(Pensacola Beach, Florida: Ron Mott) Local efforts to keep the oil from coming ashore featured; details given about the role of local marine contractors in protecting Perdido Bay; map shown of the spill; ad for Florida beaches shown. [Engineer Tony SMITH†- says because we live here we want to see something done.] [Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor Tony KENNON††- says we’ll do whatever it takes to keep the beach clean.] Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s announcement of an oil recovery website noted.

Holt, Lester;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Guthrie, Savannah;
Thompson, Anne;
Mott, Ron

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