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BP: “We have not stopped the flow.”

BP: “We have not stopped the flow.”

We may have spoken too soon. Operation Top Kill could take 24-48 more hours before we know if it has worked. In the top kill maneuver, a 30,000-horsepower engine aboard a ship injected heavy drill liquids (called "mud") into the well pushing the oil and natural gas back down the well. Once the [...]

Crist withholds funds for Panhandle

Crist withholds funds for Panhandle

Gov. Charlie Crist will be on Pensacola Beach tomorrow for an appearance on Fox & Friends around 7:15 a.m. Shortly after that national TV appearance, Crist will announce that none of the $25 million that BP is giving the state for tourism will come to Escambia County... unless the county matches [...]

BP Protest Downtown

About 30 people showed up for a scheduled protest of BP in Plaza Ferdinand. The group known as Hear Our Voice To Save Our Coast, carried signs and wore shirts that expressed frustration with the oil company’s handling of the recent oil spill. Some slogans read: “Do it right or get out of the [...]

New plume found 20 miles off Mobile Bay

New plume found 20 miles off Mobile Bay

Washington Post is reporting University of South Florida researchers have found a new huge plume underwater that is northeast of the Deepwater Horizon rig. It's made up of dissolved oil (i.e. disperants, thanks BP and Congressman Miller) and is about six miles wide, and extends from the surface [...]

Bayou Seafood OK For Now

Bayou Seafood OK For Now

Today IN spoke with Cliff Hall, one of the owners of the New Orleans Fish House Inc., which distributes locally to seafood restaurants. Hall says that despite fishing closures in his area and across the western Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill, they have not had any shortages of seafood [...]

Buzz: More tar balls

Buzz: More tar balls

I got an text message saying the number of tar balls found on Pensacola Beach is 150, not 100. I love how the spin is that they aren't from BP....if they aren't, then we've got a bigger problem.

Black death: Wildlife death toll mounts

Black death: Wildlife death toll mounts

Washington Post: The official count of the spill so far: 440 birds, 393 of them dead, the rest captured alive. Dozens more turtles and dolphins have been found dead; scientists are still conducting tests to determine how many died from oil exposure. Read more and see photos.

We could be in trouble

We could be in trouble

Weather Channel stormchaser Jim Cantore says, "Unless a hurricane comes in from the west or you have a very strong southwest front come through (the Gulf), that oil’s not coming here. Not this time of year." Read News Herald article.

Federal judge modifies order on Transocean

Federal judge modifies order on Transocean

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued earlier an injunction stopping all lawsuits against Transocean related the Deepwater Horizon explosion that were filed outside of the Southern District of Texas. The injunction also included language that barred legal claims under the Oil Pollution Act. What [...]

One view from London

One view from London

I've asked friends to find how their friends in Europe view the BP oil disaster. Here is one email that was shared with me: It's being portrayed principally in the sense of being a tremendous ecological and economic disaster, possibly the worst oil spill in history. The damage to BP's reputation [...]

Updated: Top Kill Succeeds

So far so good on "Top Kill"...Update...It appears to have worked. LA Times: Thad Allen, who is coordinating the government response, says the well still has low pressure, but cement will be used to cap the well permanently as soon as the pressure hits zero. Reporting from Houma, La. Engineers [...]

BP and Transocean argued before explosion

BP and Transocean argued before explosion

In a joint hearing held by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service in Louisiana, Douglas Brown, Transocean's chief mechanic on the rig, said that key representatives from both companies had a heated argument in an 11 a.m. meeting on that day, according to a report by The Wall [...]

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