New Orleans, La. – Mariner says the fire was on the upper deck of the two-story platform. The Coast Guard says Mariner initially reported an oil sheen a mile long and 100 feet wide, but the government can't find it. Captain Peter Troedsson says the Coast Guard will use vessels and aircraft to check for leaks. He says he's not sure if oil is leaking underwater from the seven wells connected to the platform.
New Orleans, La. – Ask local advocates for Gulf seafood what's the biggest issue they're facing right now, in light of the BP oil disaster, and they'll say "public perception." But fishermen and their supporters in Louisiana have been fighting a perception battle long before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. This other fight seems destined to last much longer, but in an unexpected way the current crisis in the Gulf may actually provide some new leverage on it.
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New Orleans, La. – Weather conditions at the well site are calming down enough to allow surface ships to begin taking off the capping stack. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the first step is removing the device that's kept oil from gushing into the Gulf since mid-July.
"At that point, the blowout preventer will be open, basically, and we'll be relying on the cement plug - about 5,000 feet of cement was put in during the static kill."
New Orleans, LA – In the five years since Hurricane Katrina, public education in New Orleans has radically changed. The state-run Recovery School District took over the vast majority of the city's public schools and has transformed most of them into privately run charters. Angela Taylor presents a portrait of how students are faring with the new system.
New Orleans, La. – Jindal says the moratorium could be disastrous for an economy that depends on supporting deepwater drilling. He made the point directly to two panel members visiting New Orleans.
"Many of these smaller businesses are seeing reduced business, They're seeing their employees having to have fewer hours and take pay cuts to survive, and the uncertainty is what's driving a lot of their fears."