NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 08, 2010
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(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) BP’s response to the spill updated; scenes shown of the Navy blimp that will help spot the oil, workers cleaning up tar balls on the beach; details given about the impact of oil under the sand. [National incident commander Adm. Thad ALLEN – responds to BP’s revised date for completion of the relief wells.] [Dauphin Island Sea Lab executive director George CROZIER- notes the inhabitants of the beach are not the most critical in the ecosystem.] [Santa Rosa Island Authority Buck LEE- explains his approach.]
(Miami: Tom Costello) The process of drilling relief wells examined; scenes shown of the rigs and the Baker Hughes facility in Houston where the technology is made; animation shown. [Texas A&M University Gene BECK- demonstrates the path of the drill.] [Baker Hughes Mathias SCHLECHT- explains how the assembly is steered.] [University of Houston Don VAN NIEUWENHUISE- predicts a 95 percent chance of success.]