This program is 29 minutes long
(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) The oil disaster updated; details given about the new flow estimate; scenes shown of cleanup crews in Barataria Bay and from P&J Oyster House in New Orleans, which laid off all its workers; photo shown of President Obama meeting with families of the men who died on the Deepwater Horizon rig. [Gordon’s father Keith JONES- comments.] [At Congressional hearing, Plaquemines Parish president Billy NUNGESSER, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries secretary Robert BARHAM- criticize the response.] [P&J Oyster House Al SUNSERI- calls for BP & the president to follow through with their commitment.]
(Gulf of Mexico: Kerry Sanders) A look under the Gulf waters to determine the effects of the oil presented; scenes shown of oil in a jellyfish, which are eaten by turtles, and fish swimming around the artificial reef created by a rig. [Towers of Life Al WALKER- reacts to the spill.]
(Orange Beach, Alabama: Mark Potter) Efforts to keep the oil off the beaches of Alabama & Florida featured; scenes shown of cleanup crews, an oily heron, Coast Guard boats closing off Perdido Bay, oil in Pensacola Bay. [Orange Beach Mayor Tony KENNON- says our goal is to keep the oil from getting into sensitive areas.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(London: Dawna Friesen) The anger in Britain over criticism of BP in the US featured; letter from businessman John Napier to Obama quoted. [In earlier interview, OBAMA – criticizes BP CEO Tony Hayward.] [Representative Anthony WEINER- states anyone with a British accent talking about this on behalf of BP is not telling the truth.] [London Mayor Boris JOHNSON- warns against name-calling & buck-passing.] [State Department spokesman P.J. CROWLEY- says this is not about relations between the US & its closest ally.] Losses for BP cited.
(Arlington National Cemetery: Jim Miklaszewski) Revelations of mismanagement of remains at Arlington National Cemetery examined; details given about action against superintendent John Metzler & deputy superintendent Thurman Higginbotham. [Secretary of the Army John McHUGH- apologizes to the families of the fallen.] [Former Arlington worker Gina GRAY- notes the problem with record-keeping.]
(Washington: Lisa Myers) Questions about what the government knew about the magnitude of the spill examined; video shown of NOAA officials participating in a conference call soon after the oil rig explosion; details given of varying accounts of the flow rate. [April 28, Coast Guard R/Adm. Mary LANDRY- cites estimates from BP & NOAA.] [“Rolling Stone” reporter Tim DICKINSON- notes there was pushback from NOAA over scientists’ estimates.] [Yesterday, ALLEN – says he is the government and we are not low-balling.] [Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Timothy CRONE- wonders about an effort to minimize the numbers.]
(CNBC headquarters: Scott Cohn) Whether BP can survive this disaster examined.
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The reaction to the General Motors idea to stop referring to the Chevrolet brand as Chevy featured; GM statement quoted. [Marketing analyst Laura RIES- says people were going nuts.] [MAN, Corvette owner John KURTZ, WOMAN - comment.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The acknowledgment that Canadian reporter Tibbles became a US citizen today noted.