This program is 29 minutes long
(Venice, Louisiana: Anne Thompson) The hope that the oil disaster is ending featured; underwater scenes of BP’s sealing cap shown; details given about the well integrity testing. [2 PEOPLE – react.] [BP COO Doug SUTTLES- says we have to manage our expectations.] [President OBAMA – says we’re still in the testing phase.] [University of Houston Don VAN NIEUWENHUISE- says it’s important to know whether the well has leaks.] [Louisiana Governor Bobby JINDAL- says this fight’s not over.] [National incident commander Adm. Thad ALLEN- says this is an intermediate step.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Avondale, Louisiana: Thanh Truong) The disposal of the oil that is cleaned up featured; scenes shown from River Birch Landfill outside New Orleans where oiled boom is buried and oil and water are separated in tanks. [River Birch Landfill technical director Vic CULPEPPER- says it is not hazardous material.] [Tulane University Center for Environmental Public Health Luann WHITE- says we need to make sure the landfills are properly permitted.]
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) BP’s role in the deal to release Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi††, who was convicted of the 1989 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, featured; BP statement quoted. [British oncologist Dr. Karol SIKORA†- comments on his prognosis that Megrahi had only 3 months to live.] [Senator Joe LIEBERMAN†- questions BP’s role in pressuring the British government.] [Senator Charles SCHUMER – suggests it was a trade-off: release the terrorist in exchange for an oil contract.] [Brother of Pan Am 103 victim Bert AMMERMAN†- says it is a national disgrace.]
(Grand Rapids, Michigan: Chuck Todd) Exclusive interview held with President Obama about the economy; scenes shown of him visiting an electric car plant in Michigan. [OBAMA – talks about the need to gain jobs; says nobody is satisfied with where we are but we’re on the right track; says he is prepared to be held accountable; talks about the deep hole we were in.]
(Los Angeles: George Lewis) Cuts in public services in California due to budget problems featured; scenes shown from Oakland of last week’s protests; details given about cuts to Oakland’s 911 service due to police layoffs and the brown-out in Los Angeles, where firefighters were forced to take the day off; statistics on public employee layoffs cited; map shown of states with budget troubles. [Laid off officer Gerry MORIARTY- reacts.] [Former Oakland police officer Gordon DORHAM- says the wolves are gonna come out.] [National Assn. of State Budget Officers Scott PATTISON- comments on the need to lay off essential service employees.] [United Firefighters of Los Angeles Pat McOSKER- comments on unprotected neighborhoods.]
(Washington: Tom Costello) How Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies, have made a difference by getting people to use seat belts featured; ads shown; scenes shown of the costumes and body parts that are being donated to the Smithsonian museum; statistics on seat belt use cited. [Ad campaign co-creator Joel MACHAK- says people were paying attention.] [Smithsonian associate curator Roger WHITE – says Americans were finally accepting seat belts.] [NHTSA David STRICKLAND- says these dummies made a huge difference in every American’s life.]