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Top of the Hour: Oil Cleanup Crews Get Sick, Headlines

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon talks about the latest struggles for his state's fishermen; headlines.

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The Takeaway

What Do You Want to Know About the Oil Spill?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's been more than a month since oil started gushing out of a well in the Gulf Coast, and we've been covering it ever since. We'll answer your questions on the spill, from the use of dispersants to taxing the oil companies to pay for clean up. What questions do you still have about its long-term effects and the effort to contain the damage?

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The Takeaway

Vietnamese Shrimpers Hit Hard by Oil Spill, Language Barriers

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Over the past thirty years, the Gulf coast has become home to many Vietnamese Shrimpers. But the Gulf oil spill has put their livelihood in jeopardy.

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The Takeaway

BP's 'Top Kill' Procedure Won't Be Easy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today, BP will try to pour cement down the leaking well to plug it up and pave it over, but pouring cement 5,000 feet beneath the ocean is a bit more complicated than laying a sidewalk.

For more on the top kill procedure, we're joined by WWL reporter Dave Cohen. And Dr. Peter Clark, a petroleum engineer with the University of Alabama.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: BP's New Effort, Volatile Trading Week, Headlines

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Former chief economist of the International Monetery Fund, Simon Johnson weighs in on the jittery markets; headlines. (Also, you can see BP's live video feed of cleanup efforts here.)

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The Takeaway

Live Video Feed: BPs Top Kill Procedure

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BP has been providing a live video feed of their cleanup efforts, which will continue during the top kill procedure. Click here to watch the video on BP's website.

From the BP website:

"Throughout the extended top kill procedure — which may take up to two days to complete — very significant changes in the appearnce of the flows at the seabed may be expected. These will not provide a relaible indicator of the overall progress or success of the failure, of the top kill operation as a whole.  BP will report on the progress of the operation as appropriate and on its outcome when complete."

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Who Will Clean Up the Gulf? Morning Headlines

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

David Biello, associate editor of environment and energy at Scientific American, describes whether the U.S. could do a better cleanup than BP; headlines.

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The Takeaway

So Many Oil Spill Cleanup Ideas, So Little Time

Monday, May 24, 2010

Since last month’s explosion on the Deepwater Horizon well, it seems like everyone has an idea for how to clean up the spill. BP spokesman John Curry told us on Friday that its call center had received 74,000 calls and 19,000 emails with recommendations for cleanup technology – everything from advice to services to equipment.

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The Takeaway

Can Wildlife Survive the Oil Spill?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thousands of gallons of oil are still spewing each day from leaking pipes at the Deepwater Horizon's wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil has touched land along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi and is headed for other coastlines along the Gulf. The amount of wildlife affected has been minimal so far, but more damage seems inevitable.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: The Oil Spill and Wildlife, Morning Headlines

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jay Holcomb, director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center describes the scope of the damage on the Gulf Coast's animals; headlines.

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The Takeaway

EPA Orders Less Toxic Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Cleanup

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has given BP 24 hours to find a less toxic chemical dispersant to break up the oil gushing from their ruined pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. These dispersants are used to break up the crude into droplets that will sink into the water, making them more easily diluted by ocean currents and less likely to threaten shoreline ecoystems or marine life on the surface.

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The Takeaway

A Month After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Oil Keeps Flowing

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today marks one month since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident caused a massive fire that killed eleven workers. And days later, the rig capsized and sank. Ever since, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil have been gushing into the Gulf every day. (That's a minimum, according to BP: Many observers think the rate is much, much higher.) Three companies are being held responsible: BP owns the well, Transocean owned the rig and Halliburton was contracted to run certain rig services. Over the past month, we've seen the executives from those three companies pass the blame around on Capitol Hill, we've heard leading politicians change their stance on offshore drilling, and we've learned of innovative technologies that have been used to try to plug the leak and clean up the spill (with little success).

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Oil Spill Update, Morning Headlines

Thursday, May 20, 2010

We get an update on the oil spill in the Gulf; headlines.

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Gulf Cleanup, Investigation into Spill Continues

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BP says it is currently removing approximately 2,000 barrels of oil a day from the Gulf of Mexico, using a tube to draw it from the main leak site 5,000 feet under the water.

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The Takeaway

Oil Companies and Coastal Residents Lawyer Up in Response to Deepwater Horizon Spill

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

To date, at least 88 lawsuits have been filed seeking compensation from the April 21st oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig explosion killed 11 oil workers and the subsequent oil gusher poses a serious threat to the economy and ecology of the entire coastal region.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Still Working to Capture Spilling Oil, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Robert McKee is a partner at the Krupnick Campbell law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He explains some of the lawsuits that BP might have to face; headlines.

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The Takeaway

A Crude Awakening: Bill McKibben on BP's Mess

Monday, May 17, 2010

What can the oil spill teach us about the industrialized world? According to author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben, environmental damage is no longer the result of something going wrong, but the result of something working pretty much as it's supposed to. He hopes that even if the spill is capped soon, it will lead to a more aggressive approach to protecting the environment.

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The Takeaway

BP Begins to Siphon Oil From Deepwater Horizon Leak Site

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yesterday, a rare piece of positive news came from the BP camp when they announced that engineers were successful in their attempt to siphon off some of the millions of gallons of crude oil still leaking from the Deepwater Horizon well site in the Gulf of Mexico. But, even as they admit that the procedure of threading a four inch diameter tube through the broken pipe is successfully pulling out some of the oil, this isn’t a complete solution to the region's environmental catastrophe

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The Takeaway

Giant Plumes of Oil in Gulf: How BP Will Stop the Flow

Monday, May 17, 2010

Over the weekend, BP made major headway in containing the flow of oil still leaking from the site of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, which ruptured back on April 20. Since that day, oil has flowed into the gulf at a rate of at least 210,000 gallons a day, and some argue that the rate may be as high as 3,000,000. (For comparison, a standard gasoline tanker truck holds 9,000 gallons: Imagine a line of 24 tanker trucks pulling up to the Gulf every day, dumping their crude oil, and driving off.)

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Oil Plumes, Morning Headlines

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dr. Samantha Joye, professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia, details what's happening under the surface of the Gulf; headlines.

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