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COMMERCIAL MOTOR SHOW
Item title reads - Commercial Motor Show. <br/> <br/>Earl's Court, London. <br/> <br/>High angle shot of the Commercial Motor Show at Earl's Court. M/S new streamlined petrol tanker made by John Thompson for B.P. A man walks into picture, clambers through small door at the front of the cab and sits behind the steering wheel. C/U man in cab, he looks up, camera pans to his periscope driving mirror. M/S new Bedford lorry, man climbs into the cab and sits down behind wheel. C/U as he climbs over the seat and into the driver's rest place behind the seats where he lies out full length. <br/> <br/>M/S Roadrailer truck. C/U hands operating levers, pan down to show the rail wheel moving down onto the railway lines. C/U wheel on the rail and starting to rise again. C/U wheel rising. M/S men looking at the Sandmaster which has been made for Esso. C/U sign giving details of Sandmaster, Rolls Royce engine of 300 brake horse power and 12.17 litre engine and 8 speed epicyclic gear box. M/S man looking at enormous wheels. M/S man climbing into the cab of the Sandmaster, pan to show fuel tank which holds 700 gallons. L/S of vehicles at the show.
BRITISH PETROLEUM
LONDON FEED OF NEWS AT TEN CUT STORIES ABOUT THE SALE OF BRITISH PETROLEUM STOCK. 14:33:02:20 Panning shot of the ext of British petroleum (BP) headquarters. Its windows are covered w/ sheets. Ms of a marching band. Ms of Marine corps commandos scaling down the face of the BP building and untying the sheets to uncover the price of BP stock. Ms of the price 330 pounds in 80 foot figures. Off air BP commercial. Ms of Great Britains chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson at a podium at the London Stock Exchange. Ms of Lawson in a hallway. 14:35:05:01 CS about the problems of the sale of British petroleum stock. Still of labor leader Neil Kinnock. Still of Prime Margaret Thatcher. 14:36:28:17 WS of the ext of the bank of England. CI: PERSONALITIES: KINNOCK, NEIL (STILL). PERSONALITIES: LAWSON, NIGEL. PERSONALITIES: THATCHER, MARGARET (STILL). INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM, GREAT BRITAIN.
TF1 20 hours: [show of 30 May 2010]
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Royal Cars Going Eco-Friendly
Prince Charles steps out of a Rolls Royce after the royal family announced its commitment to converting their cars to run on eco-friendly liquid petroleum gas. Thousands of green balloons float in the air as the royal family turns their cars in to be serviced. Mechanics open the hood of a Rolls Royce to begin converting the engine. PLEASE NOTE News anchor and reporter image and audio, along with any commercial production excerpts, are for reference purposes only and are not clearable and cannot be used within your project.
Worst Case Scenario
Scenic shots in Rocky Mountain House area. MLS of small farmhouse with two horses by fence in foreground , they walk out of view (0:20). CS of steel mailbox on gate (0:44). MWSs looking down commercial street, light traffic (0:54). AERIAL SHOTS following pick up truck travelling on road crossing farmlands, helicopter banking left, flying over Clearwater River (2:27). AERIAL SHOTS over farmlands, homesteads, gas plants, nodding donkey pumps and pipeline relay stations in fields, shots over gas flare on edge of field, shots over drilling rig surrounded by farmlands (8:48).
BP and Total lower pump prices
FR3 / France 3
Russia Arrests 2 - WRAP Russia arrests 2 US-Russian citizens; ADDS TNK BP statement
NAME: RUS ARRESTS 2 20080320I TAPE: EF08/0304 IN_TIME: 10:51:07:03 DURATION: 00:03:07:11 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/RTR DATELINE: Moscow, 20 March 2008 RESTRICTIONS: Pt No Access Russia SHOTLIST AP Television 1. Wide exterior of FSB (Federal Security Service) headquarters 2. Hammer and sickle emblem on the top of building 3 Mid shot of building 4. Close up computer monitor showing FSB web-site RU-RTR- No Access Russia 5. Various of the search inside the TNK-BP headquarters 6. Alexander Zaslavsky, one of the two brothers detained, giving his name to investigators 7. Laptop computer 8. Close of Zaslavsky, tilt down to hands 9. Close of investigators hands checking papers, filling in form 7. Investigator searching bag 8. Investigator checking papers 9. Officials talking 10. Various of search AP Television ++NIGHT SHOTS++ 11. Wide exterior of TNK-BP Headquarters 12. TNK-BP company spokesman Alexander Mikaelyants coming out of door 13. Cutaway of TNK-BP emblem 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Mikaelyants, TNK-BP company spokesman, reading from a statement: "TNK-BP is a commercial organisation engaged in normal and legitimate commercial activities. We are a Russian company and we work successfully on a fair, commercial basis with many other Russian companies, both state and privately owned. We operate strictly within the Russian legal framework and we do not condone any illegal activities, nor do we rely on unfair competitive practices." 15. Cutaway of Mikaelyants holding statement 16. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Mikaelyants, TNK-BP company spokesman, reading from a statement: "The company has never supported any action designed to contradict or damage the interests of Russia. We will continue to cooperate with Russian authorities to resolve any current issues using the established Russian processes and meanwhile, the company continues to operate and conduct its business activities as usual." 17. TNK-BP building STORYLINE Russia has charged two brothers with dual Russian-U.S. citizenship on charges of gathering secret information aimed at giving foreign oil companies a competitive advantage, the Federal Security Service said Thursday. The service said one of the men was an employee of TNK-BP, a major Russian oil company half-owned by British Petroleum and that the other, his brother, was an employee of the British Council, the overseas cultural arm of the British government. A British Embassy spokeswoman, however, said the latter man, Alexander Zaslavsky, was not a council employee, but a member of the "Alumni Club," a group set up by the council for Russians who have studied in Britain. The US Embassy declined to comment. Police searched the Moscow offices of BP and TNK-BP on Wednesday. "We do not condone illegal activities nor do we rely on unfair competitive practices," TNK-BP company spokesman Alexander Mikaelyants said, reading from a prepared statement. "We continue to cooperate with the Russian authorities to resolve any current issues, using the established Russian processes." He said the company had never supported any action designed to contradict or damage the interests of Russia. The searches turned up "business cards of representatives of foreign defence departments and the (US) Central Intelligence Agency," according to a statement from the Federal Security Service, or FSB. It was not clear whether either of the arrested brothers was believed to have foreign intelligence connections. They were arrested "in an attempt to receive confidential information, commercial secrets, from a Russian citizen" who was an employee of a leading Russian oil company, the FSB said. The information was intended "for the use of foreign oil and gas companies with the goal of obtaining a concrete advantage over Russian competitors," the FSB said. The arrests are likely to raise tensions between the Kremlin and Britain and the U.S. Russian relations with Britain have been especially troubled since the 2006 murder of renegade FSB agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive substance in London. Russia has refused to extradite the man identified by Britain as the main suspect in the case, and each country has expelled some of the other's diplomats in connection with the dispute. Russia ordered the closure of British Council branch offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg this year. The council acts as the British government's cultural arm overseas, but Russia contends it is a commercial operation. Litvinenko was a close associate of Boris Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon who fled to Britain and received asylum after becoming a Kremlin critic. Russia has repeatedly sought his extradition. On Thursday, Russia charged Berezovsky in absentia with lying in his claims last year that Russian agents had tried to kill him. TNK-BP came under massive official pressure last year, when government regulators said it was not meeting production targets at a giant Siberian gas field and threatened to withdraw its license. The Kremlin has increased pressure on foreign energy companies in recent years as part of its effort to consolidate control over the country's largest and most important hydrocarbon deposits. BP agreed in June to sell its stake at the Kovykta gas field to state gas monopoly OAO Gazprom, but talks on the price have continued. Some observers suggested that Wednesday's searches could be part of Gazprom's efforts to pressure the British oil company into lowering the price. It added that another state energy company, OAO Rosneft, could also be interested in buying some of TNK-BP assets. Searches and the confiscation of documents accompanied a massive government crackdown on the Yukos oil company, which ended with an eight-year prison sentence for its founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the transfer of its assets into state hands.
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Cuba Petroleum - Dispute resolved over shipments from Venezuela
TAPE: EF02/0623 IN_TIME: 03:26:29 DURATION: 2:53 SOURCES: APTN RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Havana - 22 July 2002/File SHOTLIST: July 22 2002 1. Trade Minister Ramon Rosales and Cuba's Minister for Foreign Investments Marta Lomas signing new fuel trade agreement 2. Mid shot of Rosales signing 3. Wide of Rosales and Lomas embracing 4. Mid of people toasting the new agreement 5. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Ramon Rosales, Venezuela's Trade Minister: "There is now an agreement between CUPET and PDVSA and the people of Cuba will get their fuel imports which I think is the most important thing. Despite the difficulties." Q: "What were the difficulties?" A: "Well, as you know we Venezuelans went through a coup d'etat on April 12 which undoubtedly affected our commitments. Now this has been sorted out - problems which could affect any commercial business deal - we are renewing our exports. So it's onwards from here." FILE 6. Various of a CUPET petrol station in Havana's Malecon July 22 2002 7. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Marta Lomas, Cuba's Foreign Investments' Minister Q: "Is this good news for Cuba?" A: "Yes of course it is good news". Q: "And if this agreement, for whatever reason, had not been. A: "We are still alive. We have no-one dead so far. It is more difficult but we are still going. We thought that we would read an agreement. It is an agreement not only just for Cuba but an agreement that Venezuela has with Central America and we are part of Central America and the Caribbean. We are signing an agreement that is not just for Cuba. It is a commercial deal". 8. Cutaway of Marta Lomas toasting the agreement 9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Marta Lomas, Cuba's Foreign Investments' Minister "I have had various meetings with the Spanish, Italians, Germans, British, the French and with other countries and there are real difficulties that have made themselves known but I don't think they are insurmountable difficulties". FILE 10. Traffic along Havana's Malecon seafront 11. Wide of oil tanker leaving Havana's port STORYLINE: Cuba has signed a trade agreement with Venezuela to resume imports of crude oil that were suspended after President Hugo Chavez's temporary oust from power. Cuba has not received oil since April when an attempted coup against Chavez, a close friend of President Fidel Castro, failed. State oil officials vowed during Venezuela's brief interim government not to deliver another drop of oil to Cuba, claiming the oil rich economy was giving its oil away. Cuba has since denied any suggestion the temporary suspension of exports had to do with unpaid debts. The suspension proved costly to the crisis hit Cuban economy which was forced to look elsewhere for fuel supplies. But, following talks between delegates from both CUPET (Cuba Petroleo) and PdVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela), Venezuela said on Monday that shipments of 53-thousand barrels a day could resume from August. PVSA supplies one-third of Cuba's oil.
UK Chavez - Venezuelan President visits NGOs and left leaning parties
NAME: UK CHAVEZ 20060514I TAPE: EF06/0414 IN_TIME: 10:29:39:17 DURATION: 00:01:33:02 SOURCES: SKY News DATELINE: London, 14 May 2006 RESTRICTIONS: No access UK/CNNi/Ireland SHOTLIST: 1. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shaking hands with supporters 2. Wide of supporters with sign reading "London welcome President Chavez" 3. Various of Chavez saluting crowd with Mayor of London Ken Livingston sitting on his left 4. Mid of banner 5. UPSOUND: (English) Supporter "We love you!" SOUNBITE: (English) Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President "We love you very much" 6. Mid of audience 7. SOUNBITE: (Spanish) Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President "(Spanish) Well, how can we mention Cuba without sending greetings to Fidel. (English) How are you Fidel?" 8. Supporter taking picture 9. Close up of sign with Evo Morales, Bolivian President, Fidel Castro, Cuban President and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reading "Pirates of the Caribbean - Axis of Hope" 10. Mid of Chavez speaking 11. Cutaway of the audience 12. Various of conference STORYLINE: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is on a two-day visit to London aimed at energising Europe's social movements. Chavez met London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a vocal Chavez supporter but will not meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair or any senior British government officials during his visit, which one political analyst pointed to as a sign of the tensions between the two governments. Chavez's visit seemed aimed primarily at rallying support from social activists in Europe. On Saturday, the Venezuelan leader announced at a gathering of non-governmental groups and social movements in Vienna, Austria, that he wants to provide cheap heating oil for low-income Europeans in a deal similar to one he worked out this past winter to help needy Americans. Chavez's London visit drew attention to the strains in relations between his government and British leaders. Chavez, a fierce critic of the war in Iraq, has characterised Blair as a "pawn of imperialism" over his close alliance with US President George W. Bush, whom Chavez has compared to Adolf Hitler. Chavez's moves to exert greater control over his country's vast petroleum reserves have also drawn criticism from Britain and other countries. Venezuela's London embassy, in a statement issued ahead of his trip, confirmed that Chavez would not have any contact with the British government during his stay. The statement did not mention the recent tensions, saying only that Chavez has "already had an official visit to the United Kingdom where he met with the prime minister and other British authorities." Officials in Blair's office and the Foreign Ministry have declined to comment on the reasons why Chavez is not meeting with any senior British official, saying only that the Venezuelan leader's visit is "private." On Monday, Chavez attends meetings with British trade union officials before a news conference at London's City Hall. Chavez is also due to have lunch with Livingstone and guests including Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize winning playwright, and actress and activist Bianca Jagger. Chavez gives a lecture Monday evening at Canning House, an institution that works to strengthen commercial and cultural ties between Britain, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
UK Libya 2 - New letters on UK-Libyan ties outrage IRA victims; reax; Brown
NAME: UK LIBYA 2 20090906I TAPE: EF09/0845 IN_TIME: 11:23:49:12 DURATION: 00:02:55:13 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/SKY/POOL/JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING DATELINE: Various - 6 Sep 2009/Recent RESTRICTIONS: See Shotlist SHOTLIST: ++NIGHT SHOT++ JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING - NO ACCESS LIBYA FILE - Tripoli, Libya - 21 August 2009 1. Zoom in to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi getting out of car, walking over to shake hands with Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, both men hug one another, al-Megrahi kisses Gadhafi's hand POOL - NO ACCESS GERMANY Berlin, Germany, September 6 2009 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gordon Brown, British prime minister: "Now, in the last few years our priority has been to ensure that Libya comes in and supports the fight against terrorism, instead of sponsoring terrorism, and gives up its nuclear weapons. And as Libya has renounced nuclear weapons and terrorism, our relationship has changed. And I said last week it is these concerns, security and terrorism, not oil or commercial interest, that have been the dominant feature of our relationship." ++NIGHT SHOT++ JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING - NO ACCESS LIBYA FILE - Tripoli, Libya - 21 August 2009 3. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi walking off plane POOL - NO ACCESS GERMANY Berlin, Germany, September 6 2009 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gordon Brown, British prime minister: "Now, I desperately care about what has happened to those people who have been victims of IRA terrorism. When I met with the families and the supporters and lawyers a few months ago, I assured them of our support and our sympathy for their cause. And I made clear in the letter I wrote to the campaign, that despite the efforts of successive governments over many years, the Libyans had always refused to accept a treaty or normal inter-governmental agreements on this issue. As a result, our judgement has been that the course most likely to succeed and bring results is to support the families themselves in their legal representations through their lawyers to the Libyan authorities." AP TELEVISION FILE - L'Aquila, Italy, 9 July 2009 5. Gadhafi at G8 summit SKY Unknown location, September 6 2009 6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jonathan Ganesh, Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb survivor: "I believe the reason why the government is not asking Libya for an apology or compensation for the people that need it is because of an oil deal, because of an oil deal with BP (British Petroleum). I really believe that." ++NIGHT SHOT++ JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING - NO ACCESS LIBYA FILE: Tripoli, Libya - 21 August 2009 7. Al-Megrahi and family seated with Gadhafi by their side SKY Unknown location, September 6 2009 8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jason McCue, lawyer for IRA victims: "It is the foreign office that has made this ridiculous decision of putting UK trade interests before those of victims, and that's why we've made this appeal to Gordon Brown." JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING - NO ACCESS LIBYA FILE: Tripoli, Libya - 21 August 2009 ++NIGHT SHOT++ 9. Close of Gadhafi talking SKY Unknown location, September 6 2009 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jason McCue, lawyer for IRA victims: "Particularly from some British ministers where they explicitly say trade is the one reason why these victims aren't going to get a penny. But in our system Downing Street and particularly the current prime minister can make a political decision and I think it is time for him to make that now." JAMAHIRIYA BROADCASTING - NO ACCESS LIBYA FILE: Tripoli, Libya - 21 August 2009 11. Wide of Gadhafi standing up after talking with the family, al-Megrahi and family applauding Gadhafi STORYLINE: Britain made no demands that Libya offer compensation for Britons killed by Libyan explosives supplied to Irish Republican paramilitaries for fear it could jeopardise ties with Tripoli, according to new documents released on Sunday. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reiterated the reasons behind this approach during a news conference in Berlin on Sunday. The revelation prompted accusations that the British government had acted to protect energy deals, and added to questions about whether trade ties influenced last month's decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. Relatives of British victims of the IRA bombings were outraged to learn that Prime Minister Gordon Brown refused to broach the compensation subject with Libya - particularly since US victims of IRA attacks have secured a separate compensation deal with Tripoli. Brown says in two letters released by his office, however, that his government was motivated not by oil interests, but by the need to cooperate in fighting terror. "The UK government does not consider it appropriate to enter into a bilateral discussion with Libya on this matter," Brown says in the letters, dated September 11 and October 7 of last year and sent to British victims' lawyer Jason McCue. They were released after being alluded to in a report in The Sunday Times of London. "You assert that the core reason for not entering into direct negotiations with Libya is that of trade," Brown told McCue in the October 7 letter. "I assure you that this is not the case. While the UK-Libya relationship does indeed include trade, bilateral cooperation is now wide-ranging on many levels, particularly in the fight against terrorism." The letters concern Libya's role in supplying weapons and explosives to extremists around the world, including several tons of Semtex plastic explosive to IRA rebels fighting to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. The IRA used those explosives in the 1980s and 90s. Brown argues in the letters that bringing up the compensation issue would be risky since Libya had turned over a new leaf - renouncing extremism and dismantling its nuclear programme. "Libya has made it very clear to us that they consider this matter closed," Brown says in the October letter. "It would be very strongly opposed to reopening the issue, and ... doing so would entail substantial risks." Brown reiterated his message in Berlin on Sunday saying "our priority has been to ensure that Libya comes in and supports the fight against terrorism, instead of sponsoring terrorism, and gives up its nuclear weapons." "It is these concerns, security and terrorism, not oil or commercial interest, that have been the dominant feature of our relationship," he added. Despite Brown's explanation, IRA victims saw his refusal to bring up the compensation issue as a decision motivated by commercial interests. "It's because of an oil deal with BP. I really believe that," IRA bomb survivor Jonathan Ganesh told Sky News television. He was referring to the 900 (m) million dollar exploration agreement the British energy company signed with Libya Investment Corp. in May 2007 That same month, Britain and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding that paved the way for al-Megrahi's release from a Scottish prison. The decision last month to free al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds - he is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer - also fuelled questions about whether Britain was protecting trade. One of the lawyers representing some of the British victims of IRA guerilla attacks, Jason McCue, said some British ministers "explicitly say trade is the one reason why these victims aren't going to get a penny." On Friday, BP PLC said it had warned British officials to quickly seal a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya. Such a deal would have allowed al-Megrahi to serve out his sentence in Libya, though BP said it did not refer specifically to al-Megrahi's case.
Russia Arrests 3 - Russia arrests 2 US-Russian citizens; TNK BP statement; STILLS
NAME: RUS ARRESTS 3 20080320I TAPE: EF08/0305 IN_TIME: 10:42:38:24 DURATION: 00:02:58:10 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/RTR/AP Photos DATELINE: Moscow, 20 March 2008/File RESTRICTIONS: See Script SHOTLIST AP Television 1. Wide exterior of FSB (Russian Security Service) headquarters 2. Close up computer monitor FSB web-site RU-RTR- No Access Russia 3. Alexander Zaslavsky, one of the two brothers detained, giving his name to investigators 4. Close of Alexander Zaslavsky, tilt down to hands 5. Close of investigators hands checking papers, filling in form 6. Investigator searching bag 7. Investigator checking papers 8. Various of search AP Television ++NIGHT SHOTS++ 9. Wide exterior of TNK-BP Headquarters 10. TNK-BP company spokesman Alexander Mikaelyants coming out of door 11. Cutaway of TNK-BP emblem 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Mikaelyants, TNK-BP company spokesman, reading from a statement: "TNK-BP is a commercial organisation engaged in normal and legitimate commercial activities. We are a Russian company and we work successfully on a fair, commercial basis with many other Russian companies, both state and privately owned. We operate strictly within the Russian legal framework and we do not condone any illegal activities, nor do we rely on unfair competitive practices." 13. Cutaway of Mikaelyants holding statement 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Mikaelyants, TNK-BP company spokesman, reading from a statement: "The company has never supported any action designed to contradict or damage the interests of Russia. We will continue to cooperate with Russian authorities to resolve any current issues using the established Russian processes and meanwhile, the company continues to operate and conduct its business activities as usual." 15. TNK-BP building AP Photos - No Access Canada/For Broadcast use only - Strictly No Access Online or Mobile ++NO SALES++ Date unknown 16. STILL: This undated image obtained from a Facebook webpage shows a man identified as Alexander Zaslavsky, one of two brothers charged of gathering secret information by Russia. 17. STILL: This undated image obtained from a Facebook webpage shows a man identified as Ilya Zaslavsky, one of two brothers charged of gathering secret information by Russia. STORYLINE Russia has charged two brothers with dual Russian-U.S. citizenship on charges of gathering secret information aimed at giving foreign oil companies a competitive advantage, the Federal Security Service said Thursday. The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency known under its Russian acronym FSB, said Thursday the two men were detained on March 12 and released the same day on the condition they not leave town. The service said one of the men was an employee of TNK-BP, a major Russian oil company half-owned by British Petroleum and that the other, his brother, was an employee of the British Council, the overseas cultural arm of the British government. A British Embassy spokeswoman, however, said the latter man, Alexander Zaslavsky, was not a council employee, but a member of the "Alumni Club," a group set up by the council for Russians who have studied in Britain. The US Embassy declined to comment. Police searched the Moscow offices of BP and TNK-BP on Wednesday. "We do not condone illegal activities nor do we rely on unfair competitive practices," TNK-BP company spokesman Alexander Mikaelyants said, reading from a prepared statement. "We continue to cooperate with the Russian authorities to resolve any current issues, using the established Russian processes." He said the company had never supported any action designed to contradict or damage the interests of Russia. The searches turned up "business cards of representatives of foreign defence departments and the (US) Central Intelligence Agency," according to a statement from the Federal Security Service, or FSB. It was not clear whether either of the arrested brothers was believed to have foreign intelligence connections. They were arrested "in an attempt to receive confidential information, commercial secrets, from a Russian citizen" who was an employee of a leading Russian oil company, the FSB said. The information was intended "for the use of foreign oil and gas companies with the goal of obtaining a concrete advantage over Russian competitors," the FSB said. The arrests are likely to raise tensions between the Kremlin and Britain and the U.S. Russian relations with Britain have been especially troubled since the 2006 murder of renegade FSB agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive substance in London. Russia has refused to extradite the man identified by Britain as the main suspect in the case, and each country has expelled some of the other's diplomats in connection with the dispute. Russia ordered the closure of British Council branch offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg this year. The council acts as the British government's cultural arm overseas, but Russia contends it is a commercial operation. Litvinenko was a close associate of Boris Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon who fled to Britain and received asylum after becoming a Kremlin critic. Russia has repeatedly sought his extradition. On Thursday, Russia charged Berezovsky in absentia with lying in his claims last year that Russian agents had tried to kill him. TNK-BP came under massive official pressure last year, when government regulators said it was not meeting production targets at a giant Siberian gas field and threatened to withdraw its license. The Kremlin has increased pressure on foreign energy companies in recent years as part of its effort to consolidate control over the country's largest and most important hydrocarbon deposits. BP agreed in June to sell its stake at the Kovykta gas field to state gas monopoly OAO Gazprom, but talks on the price have continued. Some observers suggested that Wednesday's searches could be part of Gazprom's efforts to pressure the British oil company into lowering the price. It added that another state energy company, OAO Rosneft, could also be interested in buying some of TNK-BP assets. Searches and the confiscation of documents accompanied a massive government crackdown on the Yukos oil company, which ended with an eight-year prison sentence for its founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the transfer of its assets into state hands.
ABC EVENING NEWS AIR HISTORY 06/10/75 / KINESCOPE TRANSFER
NOTE: NOISE ON AUDIO - CANNOT BE FIXED - SEGMENTS APPEAR TO BE OUT OF ORDER - STARTS WITH MINING ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 10, 1975 Introduction Harry Reasoner (New York City) Rockefeller Report / CIA (Studio) Most of Nelson Rockefeller report on CIA made public today. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (DC) Rockefeller commission's basic conclusion is majority of CIA activities within law, but agency has engaged in some activities that shouldn't be allowed to happen again. Most of the questionable activities came under Operation CHAOS; details of operation outlined; incls. dossiers on thousands of Americans, computer entries, unlawful wiretaps, mail tampering etc. Operation CHAOS began under Lyndon B. Johnson administration and mushroomed under Richard Nixon administration Most CIA misuses and abuses traced to former dir. Richard Helms. Report doesn't link CIA with Watergate break-in. [ROCKEFELLER - says all of commission's information to go to Senator] Senator Frank Church chairperson of committee investigating CIA, promises his committee will do more. Only a few new pieces of information come to light in report, incling. CIA experiments with LSD in 1950s. Basic recommendations outlined. REPORTER: David Schoumacher (Studio) According to report, Women's Strike for Peace 1 of organizations kept under CIA surveillance. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (DC) [WSP leader Nancy RAMSEY - admits she's outraged by CIA surveillance of Women's Strike for Peace. Doesn't know why CIA spied on this particular organization. Taxpayers' money could have been saved if CIA had simply asked group what it wanted to know.] Ms. Ramsey skeptical about report changing future CIA activities. REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson (Studio) Senator Church says once his committee investigation complete, findings to be made public. Committee vice chairperson John Tower believes CIA matter to be given thorough airing, but some information may have to be withheld from public. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (Commercial: Anacin; Atlas Tires.) Strip Mining Bill / Veto Sustained / President Speaks To Industralists (Studio) House fails to override President's veto of strip mining bill; another victory for President At White House, President speaks to industrialists about this veto and other subjects relating to economy REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (White House) President pledges to keep pressure on Congress to hold down fed. spending; chides lawmakers for not enacting energy program. [President FORD - assures industrialists of economy recovery.] President acknowledges all econ. indicators not good; unemployment remains too high. REPORTER: Tom Jarriel Oil Prices (Studio) At OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting, oil mins. discuss oil price increases as high as 30%. President Ford believes if any increase justified, 7% or 8% should be max. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner Ford Motor Co. / Small Model Car Changes (Studio) Ford Motor Company announces changes on 8 current model small cars to boost gas mileage to 34 mpg on highway driving. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner Stock Market Report (Studio) REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (Commercial: Doan's Pills For Backache; Greyhound Bus; Bronkaid Mist; Remington Appliances.) Scott, Rhodes News Conference / Dirksen, Halleck (Studio) President holds weekly mtgs. with Republican leaders Hugh Scott and John Rhodes; leaders hold news conference after meeting REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (Capitol Hill) Senator Everett Dirksen and Representative Charles Halleck began Republican tradition of these news conferences in `50's; film shown. [Senator SCOTT - says Democrats themselves can't get together.] [Representative RHODES - refers to Dirksen and Halleck performance.] Several of Dirksen's comments at news conferences shown. REPORTER: Don Farmer Senate Debate / Live Coverage (Studio) Senator leadership discusses proposal for live television coverage of Senator debate on New Hampshire Senate seat contested by Democrat John Durkin and Republican Louis Wyman. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner Parliament / First Radio Broadcast (Studio) Yesterday in London, lst radio coverage of debate in Parliament released. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (London, England) Only at formal state openings of Parliament has TV ever been allowed inside hses. of Parliament. Parliament has grudgingly approved tentative radio coverage of Parliament's activities. In 1st broadcast, Prime Min. Harold Wilson announces British vote to remain in Common Mkt. Other spkrs. include Margaret Thatcher, minority leader 1st broadcast played. REPORTER: George Watson David Holmes (BBC) Artist: No artist given Rabin / Washington, DC Trip / Middle East Peace (Studio) Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Rabin arrives in Washington, DC for mtgs. with President Ford. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tells House committee any Mid. E. settlement would require some sort of American assurance of Israel's security. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner USSR / Missiles In Persian Gulf (Studio) Defense Secretary James Schlesinger says for 1st time, USSR places missiles at Persian Gulf port in Somalia, E. Africa. Reconnaissance photos show type of missiles placed there by Soviet Union; details given. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (Commercial: El Producto Cigars; Total Cereal.) Gambling / Iowa (Studio) In recent years, state governments turn to lotteries and other forms of gambling to earn state revenue. Iowa legislature, however, passes measure to tighten state's gambling laws. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (Sioux City, Iowa) Iowa legislature legalized gambling in 1973; legislature had church bingos and friendly social wagering in mind, but loophole in law changes things. Blackjack now as available in Iowa bars and restaurants as food and drink. [Iowa RESIDENTS - react to gambling.] Iowa not making any revenue from card games. [Cnty. prosecutor Zigmund CHWIRRA - says present law nonproductive; provokes trouble without helping taxpayer. Assumes there are crooked games.] Numerous assaults and homicides associated with gambling laws. Iowa doesn't control gaming. [Game operator Randy DELANEY - believes most games straight.] REPORTER: Ron Miller (Commercial: Disston Cordless Grass Shears; Glidden Paint.) Minority-Run Businesses / Civil Rights Commission (Studio) Civil Rights Commission reports minority-run businesses receive less than .7% of contracts awarded by fed., state, city govts. Cmsn.'s recommendations outlined. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner British Columbia Prison / Convicts, Hostages (Studio) 3 convicts continue to hold 15 prison employees hostage at British Columbia prison; demands outlined. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner Brezhnev On Television / No Illness (Studio) Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev not ill; Brezhnev appears publicly following month absence, looking rested and healthy. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner French Prostitutes Protest (Studio) Several protesting French prostitutes evicted from churches; charged with disrupting public order. Photos shown. Prostitutes' demands outlined; President Valery Giscard d'Estaing promises to look into their grievances. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner Pele / Soccer Contract / New York Cosmos (Studio) Brazil's superstar soccer player, Pele, signs contract with New York Cosmos, member North American Soccer League. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (NYC) Pele signs biggest contract for team athlete in history of sports; quoted figure between $4 and $7 million. Film of Pele in action shown. In 1969, Brazil's President honored Pele for 1000th goal. In 1973, President Nixon hosted White House reception in Pele's honor. REPORTER: Sal Marchiano (Commercial: Bufferin; Vanish Toilet Bowl Cleaner.) Comment (President's News Conference) (Studio) At President's news conference Mr. Ford alert, responsive and well informed. Democrats thinking about `76 election have reason to worry about Gerald Ford's handling of news conference REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: UNITED KINGDOM TITLE: EURO - ENERGY SERVICED DATE: 05/19/79 NO: LNC 13403 DATE SHOT: 05/18/79 LENGTH: 70 FEET SECONDS: 1:52 SOUND: NATSOF & ENG. COMMENTARY. DATE OF ARRIVAL:
NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: UNITED KINGDOM TITLE: EURO - ENERGY SERVICED DATE: 05/19/79 NO: LNC 13403 DATE SHOT: 05/18/79 LENGTH: 70 FEET SECONDS: 1:52 SOUND: NATSOF & ENG. COMMENTARY. DATE OF ARRIVAL: FILM SHOWS: REPORTER WITH MODEL OF POWER GENERATOR, EXPLAINING HOW IT WILL WORK AND INTERVIEW WITH GERMAN SCIENTIST DOCTOR HANS OTTO WUSTER: LEAD IN: NEXT MONTH OPEC (THE ORGANISATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES), IS EXPECTED TO PUT UP THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL BY AS MUCH AS SEVEN PER CENT. WITH OIL PRICES GOING HIGHER, THE SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE URGENT. A BRITISH-BASED EUROPEAN FUSION RESEARCH TEAM IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON WHAT COULD WELL BE THE FUEL OF THE NEXT CENTURY. THE AIM IS TO SET UP A POWER STATION USING HYDROGEN-ATOM FUSION (INSTEAD OF FISSION). DR PAUL RABUT, THE LEADER OF THE EEC FINANCED JOINT EUROPEAN TORUS (JET) TEAM SAID IN BRITAIN RECENTLY, THAT HE THOUGHT THE FIRST FUSION POWER STATION WOULD NEED TO PRODUCE BETWEEN 300 AND 1,000 MEGAWATTS TO BE ECONOMICAL, BY COMPARISON WITH PRESENT POWER STATIONS WHICH PRODUCE 250 MEGAWATTS AT MOST. THE PROJECT WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON 17 MAY, AND OUR SCIENCE REPORTER, (PETER FAIRLEY) EXPLAINS HOW IT WILL WORK: FEET R/SECS 20 32 MS REPORTER WITH MODEL TO ILLUSTRATE ACTUAL SIZE 30 48 CU REPORTER WITH ONE-PINT MILK BOTTLE FILLED WITH LIQUID HYDROGEN 37 59 GV TRANSFORMER BANK 52 1.23 MS REPORTER NEAR MODEL OF CONTAINER 59 1.34 GV PHOTOS SHOWING PLAN OF STATION. COMMENTARY: ITS IN THE CENTRE OF THIS GREAT METAL DOUGHNUT - THIS IS A ONE-TENTH-SCALE MODEL OF IT, AND YOU CAN SEE THE REAL THING WILL BE TWICE AS TALL AS A MAN. THE TEMPERATURE - OF UPTO A HUNDRED MILLION DEGREES CENTIGRADE - WILL BE GENERATED, HOT ENOUGH TO MAKE ATOMS OF HYDROGEN FUSE TOGETHER AND SO RELEASE TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF USEFUL ENERGY - ENERGY WHICH COULD BE TURNED INTO ELECTRICITY. AND AT THE END OF IT ALL, THEY HOPE TO BE IN A POSITION TO BUILD THE FIRST FUSION-POWER STATION, AND SO USHER IN THE AGE OF HYDROGEN POWER. THEORETICALLY, THE HYDROGEN IN THIS ONE PINT OF WATER, COULD DO THE SAME WORK AS THREE-QUARTERS OF A TON OF COAL, OR KEEP NEARLY SIX THOUSAND ELECTRIC FIRES BURNING FOR AN HOUR. AND IT'S NOT DIFFICULT TO GET IT OUT OF THE WATER EITHER. TO GET JET GOING, SCIENTISTS WILL INJECT UPTO TEN MILLION WATTS OF ELECTRICITY FOR FIVE SECONDS. BUT THEY HOPE TO GET OUT 50 MILLION WATTS AND EVENTUALLY A HUNDRED MILLION. THE CONTAINER THOUGH, IS A DIFFERENT MATTER. SOMEHOW YOU HAVE GOT TO PREVENT THE STEAM OF HOT GAS IN THE CENTRE HERE, FROM BURNING THROUGH THE METAL AND BURSTING OUT OF THE SIDES. AND TO DO THAT, SCIENTISTS INTEND TO PUT GIANT ELECTRO-MAGNETS ALL ROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOUGHNUT, AND SO SQUEEZE THE GAS AND HOLD IT STEADY IN THE CENTRE. BUT IT IS PUSHING TECHNOLOGY TO ITS LIMITS. A GERMAN IS INCHARGE: DOCTOR HANS OTTO WUSTER. I ASKED HIM, IF IT'S A SUCCESS, HOW SOON COULD WE EXPECT COMMERCIAL HYDROGEN POWER STATIONS: FEET R/SECS 70 1.52 MS HANS OTTO WUSTER SPEAKING: (IN ENGLISH) COMMENTARY: WUSTER: "EXPERTS BELIEVE, CERTAINLY THE NEXT TWO DECADES, SO HOPEFULLY, I WOULD SAY, THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT CENTURY WILL SEE ALSO THE BEGINNING OF THE USE OF FUSION POWER."
BP/ Lockerbie News Conference - Senate Gallery
Senate Gallery Press Conference on BP / Lockerbie connection with Senators Robert Menendez, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Kirsten Gillibrand RS23/AS79 Slugged: 1030 BP LOCKERBIE PRESSER RS23 79 AR: 16x9 Disc #: 375 CHARLES SCHUMER 10:45:58 until this is properly investigated, the deal off of Libya should not take place 10:47:04 I was asked today by someone today and they said Libya is joining the family of nations FRANK LAUTENBERG 10:48:03 first, I want to say thanks to my colleagues for their persistence 10:49:24 and it's clear that we need to know more, we have a right to know more 10:50:23 the medical reports were manipulated but they put that aside. Put the character aside and go ahead and make your deals. No, no -- well, today I'm calling, with my colleagues, to -- for BP to make public all of its correspondence with British officials regarding the release of Libyan prisoners in the U.K. 10:51:17 While Megrahi was sent home to his family, to rejoin his family -- Chuck Schumer said it -- there are hundreds of families who will never again see the child, see that relative. My -- I had a nephew scheduled to go on that flight. He was a student at Syracuse. And one week before, Chuck, he decided he couldn't go; but his best friend, a fellow from Dakota, perished in that at that time. 10:52:00 So while this man, al-Megrahi, is treated in heroic fashion, the other families can never get over the incredible grief that they felt when that news came. These families (should ?) know whether justice did take a back seat to commercial interests. Al-Megrahi was convicted of killing Americans in an act of terrorism and allowed to escape his sentence. I went to Lockerbie shortly thereafter, a commission that President Bush -- the first President Bush established. And we went to Lockerbie and traced the flight and watched the Scottish police comb the ground, almost the grass blade by blade, looking for evidence of what took place, and brilliantly they discovered -- they got enough information to find al- Megrahi the culprit. And the reward for all of that cannot be a vacation home for the next many years, with the Libyan government showering him with praise. 10:53:01 While this murderous terrorist walks freely in his home country, the families still see images of a child and try to figure out what took him away from them. I've -- as I said, I was in Lockerbie, stood with the victims' families as they sought answers all these years. And what they deserve is to see Megrahi pay the price, to know that though their children were innocent in their travel, coming home for the holiday, wanting to catch up with their families -- everyone knows what happens when a child returns from a journey; you sit and talk about the things -- instead, when they went to the door, they were shocked with grief. Well, these families suffered terribly, unimaginably. And when Pan Am 103 was bombed in '89, it was a day of terrible mourning, terrible shock, and Megrahi's release last year simply added more pain to that which they already experienced. SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: I want to thank my colleagues for their advocacy. 10:54:19 We stand together today in pursuit of justice on this matter. Last week I did receive a response from the British ambassador and the Scottish government counselor, explaining that this was a decision by the Scottish justice system. However, further immediate action is required. The mystery surrounding the medical diagnosis and the abundance of circumstantial evidence that BP played a role in this matter is outrageous and demands immediate action. 10:54:50 What happened here is a total miscarriage of justice. Al-Megrahi should never have been released, period. All Americans are well aware of the dangerous behavior of BP that it is willing to engage in, in the pursuit of profit. We've seen the results in the Gulf Coast. Now we are learning that they may well have had a role in letting an international terrorist who was convicted of murdering 270 innocent people go free. The reports are extremely troubling. Did BP's interest in drilling in Libya contribute or influence in anyway directly or indirectly to the release of this terrorist? I'm calling on British Petroleum to halt their drilling in Libya immediately until we get to the bottom of this issue. A hundred and eighty nine of al-Megrahi's victims were Americans including 35 innocent students from Syracuse University. The evidence of falsification of this medical data should offend all Americans. 10:55:39 Further I'm very concerned that it undermines our ability to hold international terrorists accountable, even after they've been found guilty in a court of law. The Wall Street Journal reported that British Petroleum admitted in 2007 that it told the U.K. government it was concerned that a delay in concluding a prisoner-transfer agreement with the Libyan government might hurt the deal it had just signed. BP also told the Journal that a special adviser to the company named Mark Allen, formerly of MI6 and well connected in the Labour Party circles, raised the transfer- agreement issue with then-Justice Secretary Jack Straw. Mr. Straw's letters to the Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill, which was -- has also been uncovered by the media, indicates that the British government gave it to -- into Libya's demands with the convicted Lockerbie's -- release. 10:56:32 This evidence, although circumstantial, is deeply troubling, not just to the families of the Lockerbie victims but for all Americans and for all nations around the world who are committed to fighting terrorism and preserving justice. Again, I call upon BP to cease all operations in Libya until this matter is resolved, for the British government to do a full, open and transparent investigation into this matter and for the U.S. government to work through all appropriate legal and diplomatic channels to reach the truth and hopefully return al-Megrahi to prison where he belongs. SEN. LAUTENBERG: Questions? Q Any word from the State Department or any other agency for the U.S. government as far as the investigation's concerned? And any message to the British government? Because it seems like most of the anger is targeted at BP, but it was the British government who ultimately broke the deal -- (off mike). 10:57:23 SEN. MENENDEZ: Oh, I don't think we've gotten -- we have just sent the letter to Secretary Clinton. We know that when she was in the Senate she was a strong advocate, as we are, of having al-Megrahi be imprisoned and justice be delivered. So we would expect that that would continue to be her view as the secretary of State. But we have -- we're talking about BP today, but in the first instance, our, you know, direction of our concerns was to the British government and the Scottish government. It was in lieu -- in view of the doctor's statements that he, in essence, was solicited and paid to give the worst-case scenario for al-Megrahi, which would then qualify him for compassionate release. And now, to be told that that same doctor says that he could very well live a decade, not three months, that brings into question the whole issue as to how this took place. But the new wrinkle, of course, is seeing all of the information about BP and the pursuit of al-Megrahi's release, for a commercial transaction. That just adds to the intensity of the inquiry that we have and the justice that we seek. Q You say you have this new evidence that BP pressured the British government to do a prisoner transfer deal with Libya. That's not evidence that any British minister succumbs to that pressure. The Scottish justice minister who has -- who made this decision, has always totally denied it had anything to do with an oil contract. Are you saying you have evidence then that he's lying about that? SEN. MENENDEZ: Well, look, you know, I can just tell you what the public record holds. It holds that BP told the U.K. government it was concerned about a delay in concluding a prisoner transfer agreement that might hurt the deal it had just signed. It is out there that, as Senator Gillibrand said, Mark Allen, a former MI16 (sic\MI6), well-connected in Labour Party circles, raised the transfer agreement with Justice Secretary Straw. It then goes on to say that Justice Secretary Straw wrote in a letter to the Scottish government that in fact, considering all of the interests that were out there as it relates to the Libyans, that in fact they did not want -- "the wider negotiations with the Libyans are reaching a critical stage," Mr. Straw wrote. "And in view of the overwhelming interests for the United Kingdom, I have agreed in this instance that the, quote, `prisoner agreement' should be in the standard form and not mention any individual." So it goes on and on. Now, I can't get into the mind of Secretary Straw, but I certainly see all of the information adding up to a real concern about whether justice was done here. (Cross talk.) 11:00:45 SEN. GILLIBRAND: And that's why we've asked -- that's why we've asked for an independent investigation by the U.K. government, because this evidence is circumstantial, but it really brings the question to all of our minds that we need to know the facts. We need to know what exactly happened, because it puts at risk our ability to hold international terrorists accountable. And so that's why we're calling on the government to do their investigation. Q (Off mike) -- investigated this already, and they found there was no evidence that the Scottish justice minister had succumbed to the pressure that you describe. 11:01:02 SEN. LAUTENBERG: Well, I think the signs are quite clear that there is bad mischief that was played here. And we know what the veracity is that BP brings. They have dodged the truth whenever they could, including in the Gulf, including now in this situation. And we -- the question of whether or not we're making a final disposition here at this podium -- no, we're not. But the fact of the matter is, we want them to tell the truth under oath on our shores. And we also at the -- include a message here. BP: You have messed up. Come stand up, do the right thing, or pack up and stop your mismanagement. And tell the public the truth about what happened. Q Senator Schumer? On the DISCLOSE Act, Senator Brown put out a statement this morning that said that it advances the interests of the majority party and special interests. I'm wondering what you think of this categorization (sic), and also whether or not his word that he won't support this bill is dangerous to the bill. 11:02:06 SEN. SCHUMER: Okay. Let me say a couple of things. First, the bill is very fair. It doesn't impede anyone's rights. It simply requires disclosure, which, in the Supreme Court decision, was specifically said to be constitutional. So -- and the disclosure is across the board. So there is no discrimination between one group or another. Obviously, small contributions don't have to be disclosed the way large ones do, but that would be true of any organization. Second, it's vital that we pass this. The public broadly supports it -- Democrats, independents and Republicans. And we are continuing to talk to a whole lot of people, and we're going to move forward with a vote on the bill. Q You said it has Republican support? Are there particular -- SEN. SCHUMER: No, I -- Republican support among the public. Q Oh. SEN. SCHUMER: I think 57 percent of all Republican voters support it. Has broad support among the public. Q Is there a -- is there a member that -- are there members who -- SEN. SCHUMER: Well, I'm not going to -- Q Senator Schumer? Will Senator Kerry hold a hearing on this BP -- (off mike)? SEN. SCHUMER: You'd have to summon the folks on his committee. 11:03:18 SEN. MENENDEZ: I don't know if he's going to hold a hearing at -- I know Senator Lautenberg has asked for one, I guess, in the Environment and Public Works Committee, so. 11:03:31 SEN. LAUTENBERG: Yeah, well, we -- I sent a letter to Senator Kerry asking the Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing. I think that's the appropriate committee. And I want to see what the -- we're going to watch the response very carefully, not just from the committee but rather from the British government and in particular from BP, and obviously to issue subpoenas, to make sure that they show up, and have them stand there under oath and tell us truly what happened. Q Do you have -- you're asking the British government to look into this. Do you think that if they're involved somewhat that they could actually do an investigation that you think would -- SEN. SCHUMER: Well, they already rejected it. Didn't they send a letter? 11:04:14 SEN. MENENDEZ: Well, they basically have told us already through the ambassador that in fact they feel that there is nothing to review. SEN. SCHUMER: Right. SEN. MENENDEZ: However we know the history of governments, not necessarily the British government but in general, that sometimes it takes enormous public pressure to break down the walls that ultimately gives us the truth. And what we seek here is the truth. I mean, there is plenty here to be thirsting after the truth and to have real questions. There is plenty here when you have doctors saying that they in essence were paid, to give a certain disposition that gave al-Megrahi the opportunity to be released. There's plenty here when you have the allegations but, you know, manifested in written documents to ensure that a prisoner transfer took place, in order to get a commercial deal. There's plenty, to be asking these questions. And there's plenty of, hopefully, public pressure that at the end of the day will give us the truth. STAFF: Last question. Q Senator Schumer, Congressman Gutierrez said this morning that he thinks comprehensive immigration reform is still possible this year. Do you agree with that? Do you think it is? SEN. SCHUMER: Well, look, I think the situation is not too different than it has been in the past. We're looking for bipartisan support. We have a good model that Senator Graham and I had put together. We have a specific bill that Senator Reid, Senator Menendez, Senator Durbin and I are part of. And as soon as we get some bipartisan support, I think we could move the bill. Q Do you agree with "We're really optimistic"? SEN. SCHUMER: Well, that's all I'm saying. SEN. MENENDEZ: Can I add one thing to that? SEN. SCHUMER: Please. 11:06:07 SEN. MENENDEZ: You cannot say that Arizona's law is necessary because the federal government has not acted, and then do everything under your ability to stop the federal government from acting. And that's where our colleagues on the other side of the aisle -- you know, the question of whether we will get immigration reform done in a way that secures our borders, gives us security, stops oppressing workers' wages across the spectrum, and creates an opportunity to know who is here to pursue the American dream versus who is here to do it harm, really is in the hands of Republicans, who want this more of a political football than they want to solve the problem. It's amazing to me to hear them say, well, Arizona should be allowed to go forward because the federal government hasn't acted, when they have stopped, every step of the way, action by denying even one person on the Republican side willing to sit down and move forward on comprehensive reform. SEN. SCHUMER: Thanks, everybody. SEN. GILLIBRAND: Thank you. REFEED: 11:11:49 walk up MENENDEZ 11:12:00 Good morning 11:12:30 from day one, the release of the mass murderer 11:14:21 make no mistake, the reports about BP's involvement are more than a side note 11:16:42 it undercuts the idea of fundamental justice that we should be encouraging 11:17:24 We hope that BP will stop activity in Libya SCHUMER 11:17:51 let me thank all of our colleagues 11:18:06 it is almost too disgusting to fathom that BP had a role in this. 11:18:55 all of a sudden, once he is released, all the roadblocks have been removed 11:19:34 the bottom line is simple, it is looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck.
NAPOLITANO, SALAZAR & OTHERS PC ON BP OIL SPILL
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson; Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.); and BP COO Doug Suttles hold a briefing on ongoing operations dedicated to minimizing environmental risks in the areas affected by leaking oil from the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. NET20 / 74 SLUGGED: NET20 1420 NAPOLITANO 74 DSIC # 608 AR: 16X9 *** FED TO NY ON IRD 5 **** 15:09:47 Napolitano and Salazar and others enter 15:10:16 GOV. JINDAL: I want to first of all start off by saying I want to thank Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar, Administrator Jackson, Administrator Lubchenco, Director Browner and the many others for coming down to Louisiana and seeing firsthand not only the spill but the effects of the spill that it's having, on Louisiana's waters and Louisiana's coast, as well as the response efforts. Appreciated the phone call from the president yesterday. As I told him yesterday, we're certainly urging the federal government and BP to deploy even more resources, to help mitigate the impact of the oil spill that is threatening the coast of our state. 15:10:39 We must certainly do everything we can to contain the oil spill that threatens our wildlife and vast natural resources. I'm certainly worried that the booms as currently deployed are not effective. The areas that will be impacted first by this oil spill therefore are critical and fragile coastal sites. These next few days are critical. That's why I must do everything necessary, everything possible to protect our coast. I do have concerns, I've shared these concerns, that BP's current resources are not adequate to meet the three challenges we face. I've urged them to seek even more help from the federal government and from others. The three challenges we face are stopping the leak, protecting our coast, preparation for a swift cleanup of our impacted areas. We've also been working with local officials to assess their needs, to help them request resources from BP and the Coast Guard. It is critical the Coast Guard and BP uphold their commitment, their responsibility, to provide resources to the coastal areas that could be impacted by this spill. On the state's side, I want to update you on some of the steps we're taking. We've taken every step we can to help protect our coast, our wildlife, our environment, our people. 15:11:35 Last night, I sent letters to Secretary Gates, Secretary Napolitano, requesting the Louisiana National Guard be placed under federal Title 32 status, so that we can mobilize the resources of the National Guard. I want to thank the secretary; she told us they were working very hard on that request. This would provide support for at least 90 days of military duty for up to 6,000 soldiers and airmen serving on active duty in support of our response to the threat of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The National Guard could help provide security, medical capabilities, engineers, cleanup efforts and communications support in response to this threat. After helping our state respond and recover from four storms in recent years, the Guard is especially ready to help us respond to this particular oil spill. 15:12:13 If the Department of Defense approves this request, the National Guard is prepared on their first -- the first phase of this deployment to immediately activate 600 Guardsmen, have them on the ground They're already ordering 1,500 protective suits, so they're prepared to help support the cleanup efforts. We're also working to make sure that our fisheries, our small businesses are protected from the oil spill. We've written the U.S. secretary of Commerce requesting the declaration of a commercial fisheries failure as well as support from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. This declaration will provide financial assistance to our individual fishermen, assistance for the restoration of fisheries and assistance for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. As many of you know, Louisiana is the top producer of commercial fisheries in the lower 48 states. It's one of the top recreational fishing destinations in the country. This oil spill will certainly adversely affect the productivity of this ecosystem and fishing families across our state. It is critical that our fishermen and their families have the type of support they need to get through this event. We've also asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to activate all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA to help the small businesses in our state that we know will be impacted by this oil spill. Specifically, we're asking the SBA to 15:13:22 consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for coastal businesses that are impacted by the oil spill and to also those who have 2005 and 2008 disaster and economic injury loans as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. On the state side, we're working hard to support the response efforts. Yesterday we declared a state of emergency, which positions our state to deploy assets and engage and to help the federal government and BP. Our Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials are opening the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish and the Davis Pond Diversion in St. Charles Parish to try to help prevent any oil from penetrating deep into coastal marshes. The authority is also working on a second line of defense in the wetlands, where they could actually anchor booms in place to try to preserve some of our most fragile and important ecosystems. Today, our Office of Homeland Security is reaching out to other states through the EMAC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, to identify oil-spill coordinators. The Office of Homeland Security is also deploying staff to Plackman's Parish, St. Bernard Parish, to help their emergency responders of the oil-spill effort. We've set a command center, a mobile command center, here in Robert. We also are sending a mobile command center to the Coast Guard site in Houma. 15:14:28 The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the lower Breton Sound area to shrimpers. They plan to close the upper Breton Sound area at 6:00 p.m. tonight. The lower Breton Sound was closed as of 6:00 a.m. this morning. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has also deployed 40 field biologists for testing purposes. They've got 160 additional biologists staged for wildlife rescues as they become necessary. The Department of Environmental Quality has got 40 regional staff members with oil spill and hazard experience who will be deployed. DEQ and DHH have reported that residents of coastal areas of southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, may be detecting the odor possibly resulting from the oil spill approaching the coast. DHH and DEQ have requested continuous air-quality testing and monitoring from the EPA. DEQ will be assisting the EPA by increasing the frequency of air sampling at its Kenner and Chalmette monitors. Those samples will then receive expedited turnaround by EPA labs. I do want to thank the EPA administrator. Not only is she down here personally; she's from this area. And I think she certainly understands the importance of continuously monitoring the air, and I know that she'll have some announcements about monitoring the water. 15:15:32 Out of an abundance of caution, we've also activated the joint Department of Transportation-Department of Social Services shelter team, in case the special-needs sheltering does become necessary due to deteriorating air quality. Again, this is a precaution at this time. The Department of Corrections is working with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to train inmates in oil-spill cleanup efforts, so they can help assist our federal lead agencies. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is also today training National Guard trainers so they can then, in turn, train the Guardsmen that assist in the cleanup efforts. We've offered these resources repeatedly to BP. We're still awaiting a detailed response from them on how best to deploy these assets. In a precautionary move, the Department of Health and Hospitals is working with Wildlife and Fisheries to close oyster beds along the eastern Louisiana coast. Specifically, they'll be closing harvesting areas two through seven at sunset tonight, which are east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard. We've been told by BP they've got 20 rapid-response teams. Ten have been mobilized. There will ultimately be 50 in place. We've offered BP personnel to help these teams to help clean up the wetlands, from state police, DEQ, DNR and many other agencies. 15:16:35 After today's press conference, later this afternoon, I'll be traveling not only to Venice but other impacted areas. I'll be accompanied by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro to help assess the needs of our local officials, to see firsthand the response efforts that are taking place. 15:16:49 We're certainly going to take every effort -- we're going to continue to take every step we can to help protect our coasts, our wildlife, our environment and our people. I want to again personally thank Secretary Napolitano and the other federal officials that have come personally to see the spill, the impacts, the cleanup and the relief efforts. It is my privilege to introduce to you Secretary Napolitano. 15:17:10 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Thanks, Governor. Well, good afternoon. I'm pleased to be joined here on the Gulf Coast -- I'm pleased to be here with Governor Jindal. We have just landed from a flight over the area affected by the BP oil spill, and we have just convened a meeting with our state and local partners who are engaged in a coordinated effort on what needs to be done to protect lands from the spill and also to be sure we can effectuate a quick and effective cleanup. 15:17:45 We are paying extremely close attention to the work already being done here. As the president and the law have made clear, British Petroleum, as the responsible party, is required to fund the cost of the response and the cleanup operations. We continue to urge BP to leverage additional assets to help lead the response in this effort, because it is clear that after several unsuccessful attempts to secure the source of the leak, it is time for BP to supplement their current mobilization as the slick of oil moves toward shore. As the federal coordinators overseeing BP's efforts, we're here to make sure that the resources are being used wisely and to the greatest effect at minimizing environmental risk. 15:18:33 Let me be clear. The president has ordered that the administration use every single available resource at our disposal in response to this issue. As the oil nears the shore, it's important to note that we have anticipated and planned for a worst-case scenario since day one. And let's not forget that the response actually began as a search-and-rescue mission. The Coast Guard responded immediately following the April 20 explosion in an effort to save lives. 15:19:08 Our visit is also helping to inform our investigation into the causes of the explosion, which left 11 workers presumed dead and three critically injured, in addition to the ongoing oils pill. Following the explosion, we also immediately began responding to the environmental implications of the spill and 15:19:29 began to direct oversight in support of BP's cleanup and containment efforts, setting up a command center here and working across the federal government to ensure a strong and steady battle rhythm. Yesterday I announced the designation of this spill as a spill of national significance, in consultation with the Coast Guard commandant. This means that there is substantial -- that this is a substantial release of oil or hazardous substances, which will require sustained involvement of senior officials across the government. 15:20:06 Aside from being an acknowledgment of the seriousness of this spill, it also commits the Coast Guard to dedicating additional senior agency staff and resources to the response. The Environmental Protection Agency also has the same authority with respect to inland waterway spills. The coordinated federal partnership, including the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, Interior and EPA, continues to oversee BP's deployment of a combination of tactics. This week, as you know, 15:20:40 BP began conducting controlled burns designed to remove large quantities of oil from the open water, in an effort to protect shoreline, marine and other wildlife. BP continues to use chemical dispersants, which, along with natural dispersions of oil, will address a large part of the slick. A hundred and thirty-nine thousand, four hundred and fifty-nine gallons of dispersant have been used to date. Among -- other responsive activities include skimming, subsurface wellhead operations and significant booming efforts to protect Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama shoreline. Nearly 220,000 feet of boom have been deployed at six staging locations, and hundreds of thousands of feet are staged and ready to be deployed. Approximately 1,900 personnel are currently deployed, and over 853,000 gallons of oily water have been collected so far, using 300 vessels and dozens of aircraft engaged in the response. The Department of Defense is fully integrated into the Department of Homeland Security-led team and is fully supportive of all response activities. Navy assets have actually been involved since day one. And DOD continues to offer what is needed as the situation develops. The secretary of Defense has approved a request for two C-130 aircraft to dispense oil-dispersing chemicals capable of covering up to 250 acres per flight, with three flights per aircraft per day. They are currently en route to the affected areas. The Coast Guard has requested additional assistance from the Department of Defense. 15:22:32 Additionally the Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom and other vital equipment and personnel to support the oil response efforts, in direct support of the Coast Guard, under the existing pollution cleanup and salvage operations agreement that we have with them. 15:22:50 Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as that staging facility. We will continue to push BP to engage in the strongest possible response, while taking steps to ensure the protection of our shoreline and our wildlife and our precious lands. And with that, I welcome the secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar. 15:23:14 SEC. SALAZAR: Thank you very much, Secretary Napolitano, and to all of the federal team who are here: Administrator Jackson from the EPA, Jane Lubchenco, the undersecretary for NOAA, as well as Admiral Landry and David Hayes, the deputy secretary of Interior, Governor Jindal and all the other elected officials who are here. First, I want to recognize the terrific leadership of Admiral Landry, from day one, and the rest of the federal team who has been here on site. It's been across -- it's been an effort, a team effort across all the agencies of the federal government. My deputy secretary, David Hayes, was dispatched down here by me on order when the incident occurred. He has been monitoring this minute-by-minute. 15:24:08 And while we still have a long ways to go and we do not know exactly where we are going, we are confident that the federal team for the United States of America, as directed by the president, is doing everything that we possibly can do. As soon as we learned about the explosion, we came down here to help in the search-and-rescue efforts. And as time has evolved, we know that today the situation is still a dangerous one. British Petroleum has a massive spill for which they are responsible. 15:24:40 The oil threatens communities, wildlife and natural resources around the Gulf of Mexico. Our focus remains, as it has for the last 10 days, on overseeing BP's efforts to secure their wellhead that is spilling oil, and minimizing the damage that could come. Yesterday at BP's command center in Houston, I pressed the CEOs of BP as well as the engineers to work harder and faster and smarter to get the job done. I have asked other companies from across the oil and gas industry to bring their global expertise to the situation to make sure that no idea that is worth pursuing is not pursued. And under President Obama's direction, every resource, as Secretary Napolitano stated, is being made available to respond. We cannot rest and we will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead and until they clean up every drop of oil. The weather this weekend presents a challenge, but the strong interagency effort and our coordination with local and state partners means that we have plans in place, resources deployed, and the people we need to fight the fight. At the same time, though, the spill raises many questions about safety on drilling rigs and platforms in the deep water. I've ordered immediate inspections of all deep-water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and we've issued a safety notice to all operators reminding them of their responsibilities to follow our regulations and to conduct full and thorough tests of their equipment, including the blowout-prevention stacks. Today I'm also signing a secretarial order establishing an Outer Continental Shelf safety review board within the United States Department of Interior. The assistant secretary for Land and Minerals, along with the inspector general for the department, will lead this effort. They will provide recommendations for steps that we can take to strengthen OCS safety and to improve overall management. 15:26:46 They will look at all options. They will provide oversight and support to MMS as they conduct their joint investigation of the incident, which was ordered by Secretary Napolitano and by me a few days ago. 15:26:57 I have confidence that we will get to the bottom of what's happened here. Those responsible will be held accountable, and the lessons we learn will help guide us as we responsibly and safely develop our nation's energy resources. I will now introduce the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson. 15:27:19 MS. JACKSON: Thanks, everybody. This situation began as a human tragedy, and my heart -- and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who are presumed lost. And it has evolved -- and it has involved (sic) into an environmental challenge of the first order, unprecedented in its situation but not in terms of the need to respond. Using all the lessons that we've learned in the past but realizing that we must be flexible and willing to move quickly to adjust to the situation as we find it on the ground here. And EPA is certainly a part of that. 15:27:57 From the beginning, we've been in support of the Coast Guard, as they moved swiftly to search and rescue and the efforts around it with NOAA's assistance, in trying to predict when this might make landfall. As situations and whether has worsened, which has brought this material closer to shore, we've had to change our approach. EPA is part of a team though. For every environmental challenge, certainly one like this, it will require a team of people focusing on multiple aspects, some of which we know and some of which present data challenges and questions. We will work with the states first and foremost. We began air sampling yesterday. We did that because we called in the states, who have permanent air monitors along the shoreline, and asked them to work with us. And all of them did absolutely right on the spot, to increase the frequency of sampling from those fixed air monitors. That gives us a piece of the picture. And EPA has set up a website, www.epa.gov/bpspill <http://www.epa.gov/bpspill>, where you will be able to see the results first of that air monitoring. Then we have asked for additional air monitoring to look for other contaminants, things that we wouldn't normally look for in those fixed air monitoring. And we have two mobile labs. One is making its way here. I believe the other was making its way. It may already be here. 15:29:30 And we'll start taking samples and put that data up. There is a concern about odors. And we do believe that that odor is probably due in part to the spill. There is a large, large sheen. It is a very thin layer. And with increasing wind and wave activity, you get an aerosol out there in that move. Now, the question is: What does that mean? We don't have any reason to believe that there is a concern, but we can't answer that question until we get the data. That data collection has already begun. And as we get data, we will put it up on the website, and we will interpret it because it's important to know what it really means. Water sampling begins today. We clearly know that there's a problem in the water, but it's in order to understand and help understand the fate and transport of material that's already in the water. And that's on top of efforts by local governments and state government and NOAA, who are already out in varying parts, getting information. And it builds on an existing database of current ecological information that we have through our Gulf of Mexico research center. So we're working to answer the questions that are beginning to be posed in people's minds. Now, what I said to people, 15:30:39 being from this area, it is not unusual for us to face an incident that we know is coming and to be prepared. And the resilience and strength of the people of the Gulf Coast has been what has gotten us through many, many, many a challenge. And one of the things I'm determined to do while here is to make sure we are getting the best ideas from those who know these marshes and coastlines like the back of their hand, to make sure that some of the high-tech solutions are met with low-tech or no-tech solutions that may be out there, to try to do whatever we can to preserve people's culture, their way of life and their livelihoods. And we will continue to be here. I will stay for -- I'm planning right now two days. I'm already thinking about calling my family and saying maybe it's going to need to be longer. But we will stay as long as we need to, to make sure that we are ready and able to be partners in response, to support all the local governments who are out there, who are trying to stand up their people and get their communities ready for this response. Thanks very much. And now I'd like to introduce Doug Suttles, from BP. 15:31:48 MR. SUTTLES: Thank you. And I'm very pleased that you've all joined us here as we try to address this very, very unfortunate event. Since this event began on April the 20th, we've only had three priorities, and those priorities have been: stop the flow of oil, minimize the impact and keep the public informed. 15:32:07 We've so far mounted the largest response effort ever done in the world. We've utilized every technology available. We've applied every resource requested. We continue to try to stop the source of flow. We continue to develop new options, both to address the continued flow of oil at the seabed but also to minimize the impact to the environment. We welcome every new idea and every offer of support, both from state government and federal government. We had an idea submitted to us just 48 hours ago about the sub-sea application of dispersants. That operation will begin in less than two hours. As a demonstration of the application of new technology and openness to new thinking, we have invited in experts from other oil and gas companies, and as we speak, members of the Department of Defense are with our team in Houston, looking for new ideas. So like everyone, we understand and completely agree that we need to bring this event to closure as quickly as possible, and we need to address the impacts as fully as we can. And BP's resources will be made available to do that. Thank you. STAFF: A question from in the room. Q Yes. The -- can anyone from the Coast Guard comment on -- STAFF: I'm sorry. Can you identify your media outlet? Q Sorry. Ray Henry. I work for -- (off mike). Ray Henry. I work for the Associated Press. Can anyone from the Coast Guard or BP talk a little bit about the role, if any, they think cementing played in the explosion, particularly what happened in this process and whether that figures in the investigation? 15:33:47 MR. SUTTLES: This is Doug Suttles from BP. We actually don't know what caused this event. And clearly, the government has an investigation that they've initiated. We've launched our own internal investigation as well. But since you can an imagine, since this event's began, we've only had one focus, which is stop the flow of oil and actually minimize the impact. Through good time and as quickly as possible, 15:34:15 we will actually find the cause. The equipment on the sea bed, which we're all very interested, will eventually be recovered, and hopefully we can discover and learn things from this event to make this event never occur again. 15:34:29 SEC. SALAZAR: Just -- not on behalf of the Coast Guard, but on behalf of Secretary Napolitano and me, we have signed a memorandum of understanding to do a joint investigation between the Department of Interior and Homeland Security. Those investigators are on the ground. They're trying to determine the facts. And obviously, this is going to be an investigation that will be unfolding, but at this point in time there are no clear answers as to what caused what is very apparently an unprecedented event that is being very difficult to deal with. Q Thank you. This is -- (off mike) -- from Bloomberg News. I was wondering if you have a new estimate of current costs, daily costs, of these operations. And has the drilling of the so-called relief well already started? 15:35:29 MR. SUTTLES: The current cost of these operations are between $6 (million) and $7 million a day. Clearly, as the oil approaches the shoreline, those costs will increase as we mount both additional booming activities and as we mount cleanup activities where it has occurred. The relief well operation will -- should begin tomorrow. The drilling rig has arrived. It's on station and it's doing final preparations. I should also say that a second drill ship will be arriving tomorrow, and that drill ship will be available to deploy the sub-sea recovery system we've discussed or attempt additional interventions on the existing -- on the existing well. Q Governor Jindal, Allen Johnson for Agency (sic) France- Presse. A lot of people in Venice, Louisiana, lower Plaquemines, are very angry with BP, and they're considering filing suit. And I want to know if the state of Louisiana's considering filing suit against BP also. And how does that change the dynamic of your -- of your relationship with the company if you are considering filing suit? 15:36:34 GOV. JINDAL: Sure. A couple of things. One, our focus right now obviously is to mitigate the damage on our coast, on our fisheries, on our wetlands and our fragile ecosystems. And one of the suggestions we made -- and you heard me say this in my comments -- is we are concerned and we have encouraged BP strongly to seek even more assistance from the federal government, because I do think this response could overwhelm their capabilities, especially as it's the -- not only Louisiana but other states' coast that may be potentially impacted. 15:37:01 So right now our focus is making sure that we deploy the resources to protect our coastline and that there's -- the cleanup starts as quickly as possible. I know there'll be time later for folks to consider litigation, claims, financial reimbursement. Right now our focus has got to be on protecting our coast and our wetlands, our ecosystems. Obviously, there are a lot of people's livelihoods that are going to be in -- negatively impacted: our commercial fisheries, our recreational fishermen, many, many small businesses. And that's why we've already asked the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to help those small businesses. We want to do everything we can to help our small businesses and our people get back on their feet. Q Sabrina Wilson, FOX 8 News in New Orleans. You said you're calling on BP to operate smarter, to do more. At least two members -- GOV. JINDAL: I'm sorry, Sabrina. You got to -- who are you asking the question to? Q I'm referring this to Secretaries Salazar and Napolitano. GOV. JINDAL: Sure. Q You called on BP to operate smarter, do more. Specifically, where do you think they're dropping the ball? 15:38:05 SEC. SALAZAR: Well, let me -- you know, BP has all hands on deck on this thing. This is a matter of global proportion, and so they have summoned their global resources to focus in on this issue. But we have also asked British Petroleum to reach out to the entire oil and gas industry around the world. Indeed, at a meeting of the Department of the Interior last night where I met with executives from other oil and gas companies, I asked BP to put together a SWAT team to take the best ideas from the other companies, to make sure that we are maximizing the effort here. This particular incident has huge ramifications for what happens with respect to energy development in the oceans all around the world. And, yes, we have a lot to lose here in America, in terms of an energy resource and in terms of environmental values that we very much cherish. The oil and gas industry has a tremendous amount to lose in terms of their global economic value here. And so they are putting tremendous resources into trying to figure out the problem in terms of stopping the flow from the well. And at the same time, under the federal law that applies to this spill, the responsibility for responding to this spill is with the company. And at the highest levels of British Petroleum, in writing, they have assured us that they have the resources to respond to the challenge. STAFF: Operator, if you go to a question from the phone, please. (Pause.) Operator? SEC. SALAZAR: Operator, do you want to go to questions? OPERATOR: Thank you. Our first question will come from Ian Talley. Q Yes. Can you hear me? STAFF: Yes. Could you state your outlet, please. Q Yes. It's Ian Talley, Dow Jones Newswires. I've spoken to two industry experts whose jobs are to estimate oil spill sizes based on satellite data and radar data. Using the MMS and Coast Guard satellite data and the information from BP in terms of how thick the spill is (in certain areas ?), they're estimating a spill that -- and a spill rate that is five times what BP is saying. So BP is saying 5,000 barrels per day; they are saying 20(,000) to 25,000 barrels a day. Are you confident in the 5,000 barrels-a-day number? And what are you basing them on? Are those BP figures? 15:40:50 REAR ADMIRAL MARY LANDRY (U.S. Coast Guard): I would caution you not to get fixated on an estimate of how much is out there. The most important thing is from day one we stood corralling resources from a worst-case scenario, working back. And I think the demonstration of those who are here today shows that from day one we have solicited the help of the whole of government and the private sector to approach this response. Q So you're confident in those figures, the 5,000 barrels a day? 15:41:30 MR. SUTTLES: Yeah, this is Doug Suttles from BP. Since the event began, and since the beginning -- the sinking of the Transocean Horizon, we could monitor, once we discovered the oil was flowing at the seabed, we could monitor it with remote-operated-vehicle cameras. And we've done that. And what we've been monitoring, the amount of flow looks essentially the same. But we cannot meter that flow. So as the -- as the events unfolded, we can monitor what's on the surface of the sea. So when the event first started, ourselves with the rest of the unified command, including NOAA scientists - 15:41:57 our best estimate at the time was 1,000 barrels a day. But as we began to gather more data from what we were seeing, from satellite images and from overflight data, we actually revised that number to 5,000 barrels a day. That did not indicate a change in the amount of flow. It indicated a change in the estimate of the flow rate. But this is highly imprecise, highly imprecise. And as the admiral has already stated, we continue to respond to a much more significant case, so that we're prepared for that in the eventuality that the rate is higher. STAFF: Operator, next question, please. OPERATOR: Certainly. Our next question will come from Zach (sp). (Inaudible.) Please state your affiliation. Q (Off mike) -- this morning on whether or not this could affect oil production, whether or not there might be some kind of halt for future oil production in different areas. (Off mike) -- on the table, is that a consideration in the deepwater? 15:43:45 SEC. SALAZAR: Zach (sp), the oil and gas which this nation currently depends on very much comes from the Gulf of Mexico. About a third of the domestically produced oil and gas resources actually come from this region. We want to make sure that those operations are operating safely. And so we've dispatched the inspections, to do what we have to do, to make sure that those are operating safely. The president this morning directed the Department of Interior and me as secretary to report back to him, within 30 days, with any recommendations on any kind of enhanced safety measures. At this point in time, we are still doing additional work and research to determine whether or not there are other safety procedures that have to go into place. But the oil and gas production that continues to come from the Gulf Coast that essentially fuels the economy of this nation still continues to flow today and will continue to flow into the foreseeable future 15:44:06 until we are able to determine that if -- that there is a problem that should cause us to go in a different direction. We want to do this based on the facts and based on the best science that we have. STAFF: Next question, Operator. OPERATOR: Our next question will come from Gary Taylor (sp). Please state your affiliation. Q Hi. I'm with -- (inaudible). I want to follow up on a question that was asked earlier, and I don't think it was answered. Secretary Napolitano, you sounded in your comments critical of BP's response so far. Are you critical of it? And what do you think is missing from the BP response to it? 15:44:40 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Well, I think -- I think there is reason now to know more than we knew originally. I mean, originally, this well was drilled with the expectation that if there were an explosion and a failure, that a blowout preventer would close off leakage into the ocean. And originally the BOP, when it failed, 15:45:24 BP took actions designed to try to take other actions along the riser of the well to close off leakage and to close off the oil flow. None of those worked. And I think I share the disappointment of all in the fact that none of those worked. Now we need to move more speedily -- and this accrues to BP -- more speedily to protect wetlands, to protect marshes, to protect the ecosystem here. The federal government stands ready not just to support BP but to move aggressively to work with the state of Louisiana, to work with the parish presidents and the affected areas, to work with the businesses, the shrimpers, the fishermen, the stores, all of whom now have their livelihood endangered by this oil spill and because of the fact that it is now approaching landfall. We need to make sure that there is an effective and easy claims process so that people can know that they will not be financially damaged themselves personally or in their businesses because of this spill. 15:46:55 And we also have to have an effective process where we have all of the resources of the federal government linked up with the states and, as I said before, with mayors, with parish presidents, not just in Louisiana but, as it looks now moving east, Mississippi, Alabama and perhaps even as far as Florida. We will make sure and are making sure that that response is there. The response is strong, it's coordinated and it is designed to minimize the harm to our coastal lands, and that the - 15:47:36 to the extent there is harm, there is swift and effective cleanup. And we will work to make sure that British Petroleum meets its financial obligations, an obligation it undertook in exchange for the ability to undertake this drilling. So it is a partnership, or an effort, in which everybody standing here is involved, in which we all have an effective stake. But those who have the most effective stakes are the men and women who live in the coastal areas of Louisiana, of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. And they are utmost in our minds. STAFF: Operator, last question. OPERATOR: The next question will come from Janet McConnaughey. Please state your affiliation. Q The Associated Press. This is a question either to the admiral or Doug Suttles, or whoever might know. Of those 300 vessels that have been brought in, how many are able to work today, with the rough weather? Is the -- is there skimming going on out there? And can it work? STAFF: Do you want to go? MR. SUTTLES: Yes, I -- earlier, someone actually said that the weather's a challenge. So several days ago, we had two good weather days in a row, and we had a very good success on the water, including this in situ burn test, which looks like a great tool that we can use forward. But when the winds come up and the seas come up, unfortunately, we can't do much on the surface of the sea. In fact, as we stand here today, because of wave heights, we're not able to skim. Now, we are able to place dispersants. So during good weather, we can apply all of our tools to limit the impacts and hold this thing offshore. But when the weather comes up, we can't do that. So as I'm talking to you here just now, unfortunately, we're not able to operate our skimmers. STAFF: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. 15:49:49 END
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COAST GUARD PRESSER, NEWSER, PRESS CONFERENCE Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson; Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.); and BP COO Doug Suttles hold a briefing on ongoing operations dedicated to minimizing environmental risks in the areas affected by leaking oil from the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 15:09:47 Napolitano and Salazar and others enter 15:10:16 GOV. JINDAL: I want to first of all start off by saying I want to thank Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar, Administrator Jackson, Administrator Lubchenco, Director Browner and the many others for coming down to Louisiana and seeing firsthand not only the spill but the effects of the spill that it's having, on Louisiana's waters and Louisiana's coast, as well as the response efforts. Appreciated the phone call from the president yesterday. As I told him yesterday, we're certainly urging the federal government and BP to deploy even more resources, to help mitigate the impact of the oil spill that is threatening the coast of our state. 15:10:39 We must certainly do everything we can to contain the oil spill that threatens our wildlife and vast natural resources. I'm certainly worried that the booms as currently deployed are not effective. The areas that will be impacted first by this oil spill therefore are critical and fragile coastal sites. These next few days are critical. That's why I must do everything necessary, everything possible to protect our coast. I do have concerns, I've shared these concerns, that BP's current resources are not adequate to meet the three challenges we face. I've urged them to seek even more help from the federal government and from others. The three challenges we face are stopping the leak, protecting our coast, preparation for a swift cleanup of our impacted areas. We've also been working with local officials to assess their needs, to help them request resources from BP and the Coast Guard. It is critical the Coast Guard and BP uphold their commitment, their responsibility, to provide resources to the coastal areas that could be impacted by this spill. On the state's side, I want to update you on some of the steps we're taking. We've taken every step we can to help protect our coast, our wildlife, our environment, our people. 15:11:35 Last night, I sent letters to Secretary Gates, Secretary Napolitano, requesting the Louisiana National Guard be placed under federal Title 32 status, so that we can mobilize the resources of the National Guard. I want to thank the secretary; she told us they were working very hard on that request. This would provide support for at least 90 days of military duty for up to 6,000 soldiers and airmen serving on active duty in support of our response to the threat of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The National Guard could help provide security, medical capabilities, engineers, cleanup efforts and communications support in response to this threat. After helping our state respond and recover from four storms in recent years, the Guard is especially ready to help us respond to this particular oil spill. 15:12:13 If the Department of Defense approves this request, the National Guard is prepared on their first -- the first phase of this deployment to immediately activate 600 Guardsmen, have them on the ground They're already ordering 1,500 protective suits, so they're prepared to help support the cleanup efforts. We're also working to make sure that our fisheries, our small businesses are protected from the oil spill. We've written the U.S. secretary of Commerce requesting the declaration of a commercial fisheries failure as well as support from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. This declaration will provide financial assistance to our individual fishermen, assistance for the restoration of fisheries and assistance for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. As many of you know, Louisiana is the top producer of commercial fisheries in the lower 48 states. It's one of the top recreational fishing destinations in the country. This oil spill will certainly adversely affect the productivity of this ecosystem and fishing families across our state. It is critical that our fishermen and their families have the type of support they need to get through this event. We've also asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to activate all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA to help the small businesses in our state that we know will be impacted by this oil spill. Specifically, we're asking the SBA to 15:13:22 consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for coastal businesses that are impacted by the oil spill and to also those who have 2005 and 2008 disaster and economic injury loans as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. On the state side, we're working hard to support the response efforts. Yesterday we declared a state of emergency, which positions our state to deploy assets and engage and to help the federal government and BP. Our Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials are opening the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish and the Davis Pond Diversion in St. Charles Parish to try to help prevent any oil from penetrating deep into coastal marshes. The authority is also working on a second line of defense in the wetlands, where they could actually anchor booms in place to try to preserve some of our most fragile and important ecosystems. Today, our Office of Homeland Security is reaching out to other states through the EMAC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, to identify oil-spill coordinators. The Office of Homeland Security is also deploying staff to Plackman's Parish, St. Bernard Parish, to help their emergency responders of the oil-spill effort. We've set a command center, a mobile command center, here in Robert. We also are sending a mobile command center to the Coast Guard site in Houma. 15:14:28 The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the lower Breton Sound area to shrimpers. They plan to close the upper Breton Sound area at 6:00 p.m. tonight. The lower Breton Sound was closed as of 6:00 a.m. this morning. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has also deployed 40 field biologists for testing purposes. They've got 160 additional biologists staged for wildlife rescues as they become necessary. The Department of Environmental Quality has got 40 regional staff members with oil spill and hazard experience who will be deployed. DEQ and DHH have reported that residents of coastal areas of southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, may be detecting the odor possibly resulting from the oil spill approaching the coast. DHH and DEQ have requested continuous air-quality testing and monitoring from the EPA. DEQ will be assisting the EPA by increasing the frequency of air sampling at its Kenner and Chalmette monitors. Those samples will then receive expedited turnaround by EPA labs. I do want to thank the EPA administrator. Not only is she down here personally; she's from this area. And I think she certainly understands the importance of continuously monitoring the air, and I know that she'll have some announcements about monitoring the water. 15:15:32 Out of an abundance of caution, we've also activated the joint Department of Transportation-Department of Social Services shelter team, in case the special-needs sheltering does become necessary due to deteriorating air quality. Again, this is a precaution at this time. The Department of Corrections is working with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to train inmates in oil-spill cleanup efforts, so they can help assist our federal lead agencies. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is also today training National Guard trainers so they can then, in turn, train the Guardsmen that assist in the cleanup efforts. We've offered these resources repeatedly to BP. We're still awaiting a detailed response from them on how best to deploy these assets. In a precautionary move, the Department of Health and Hospitals is working with Wildlife and Fisheries to close oyster beds along the eastern Louisiana coast. Specifically, they'll be closing harvesting areas two through seven at sunset tonight, which are east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard. We've been told by BP they've got 20 rapid-response teams. Ten have been mobilized. There will ultimately be 50 in place. We've offered BP personnel to help these teams to help clean up the wetlands, from state police, DEQ, DNR and many other agencies. 15:16:35 After today's press conference, later this afternoon, I'll be traveling not only to Venice but other impacted areas. I'll be accompanied by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro to help assess the needs of our local officials, to see firsthand the response efforts that are taking place. 15:16:49 We're certainly going to take every effort -- we're going to continue to take every step we can to help protect our coasts, our wildlife, our environment and our people. I want to again personally thank Secretary Napolitano and the other federal officials that have come personally to see the spill, the impacts, the cleanup and the relief efforts. It is my privilege to introduce to you Secretary Napolitano. 15:17:10 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Thanks, Governor. Well, good afternoon. I'm pleased to be joined here on the Gulf Coast -- I'm pleased to be here with Governor Jindal. We have just landed from a flight over the area affected by the BP oil spill, and we have just convened a meeting with our state and local partners who are engaged in a coordinated effort on what needs to be done to protect lands from the spill and also to be sure we can effectuate a quick and effective cleanup. 15:17:45 We are paying extremely close attention to the work already being done here. As the president and the law have made clear, British Petroleum, as the responsible party, is required to fund the cost of the response and the cleanup operations. We continue to urge BP to leverage additional assets to help lead the response in this effort, because it is clear that after several unsuccessful attempts to secure the source of the leak, it is time for BP to supplement their current mobilization as the slick of oil moves toward shore. As the federal coordinators overseeing BP's efforts, we're here to make sure that the resources are being used wisely and to the greatest effect at minimizing environmental risk. 15:18:33 Let me be clear. The president has ordered that the administration use every single available resource at our disposal in response to this issue. As the oil nears the shore, it's important to note that we have anticipated and planned for a worst-case scenario since day one. And let's not forget that the response actually began as a search-and-rescue mission. The Coast Guard responded immediately following the April 20 explosion in an effort to save lives. 15:19:08 Our visit is also helping to inform our investigation into the causes of the explosion, which left 11 workers presumed dead and three critically injured, in addition to the ongoing oils pill. Following the explosion, we also immediately began responding to the environmental implications of the spill and 15:19:29 began to direct oversight in support of BP's cleanup and containment efforts, setting up a command center here and working across the federal government to ensure a strong and steady battle rhythm. Yesterday I announced the designation of this spill as a spill of national significance, in consultation with the Coast Guard commandant. This means that there is substantial -- that this is a substantial release of oil or hazardous substances, which will require sustained involvement of senior officials across the government. 15:20:06 Aside from being an acknowledgment of the seriousness of this spill, it also commits the Coast Guard to dedicating additional senior agency staff and resources to the response. The Environmental Protection Agency also has the same authority with respect to inland waterway spills. The coordinated federal partnership, including the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, Interior and EPA, continues to oversee BP's deployment of a combination of tactics. This week, as you know, 15:20:40 BP began conducting controlled burns designed to remove large quantities of oil from the open water, in an effort to protect shoreline, marine and other wildlife. BP continues to use chemical dispersants, which, along with natural dispersions of oil, will address a large part of the slick. A hundred and thirty-nine thousand, four hundred and fifty-nine gallons of dispersant have been used to date. Among -- other responsive activities include skimming, subsurface wellhead operations and significant booming efforts to protect Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama shoreline. Nearly 220,000 feet of boom have been deployed at six staging locations, and hundreds of thousands of feet are staged and ready to be deployed. Approximately 1,900 personnel are currently deployed, and over 853,000 gallons of oily water have been collected so far, using 300 vessels and dozens of aircraft engaged in the response. The Department of Defense is fully integrated into the Department of Homeland Security-led team and is fully supportive of all response activities. Navy assets have actually been involved since day one. And DOD continues to offer what is needed as the situation develops. The secretary of Defense has approved a request for two C-130 aircraft to dispense oil-dispersing chemicals capable of covering up to 250 acres per flight, with three flights per aircraft per day. They are currently en route to the affected areas. The Coast Guard has requested additional assistance from the Department of Defense. 15:22:32 Additionally the Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom and other vital equipment and personnel to support the oil response efforts, in direct support of the Coast Guard, under the existing pollution cleanup and salvage operations agreement that we have with them. 15:22:50 Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as that staging facility. We will continue to push BP to engage in the strongest possible response, while taking steps to ensure the protection of our shoreline and our wildlife and our precious lands. And with that, I welcome the secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar. 15:23:14 SEC. SALAZAR: Thank you very much, Secretary Napolitano, and to all of the federal team who are here: Administrator Jackson from the EPA, Jane Lubchenco, the undersecretary for NOAA, as well as Admiral Landry and David Hayes, the deputy secretary of Interior, Governor Jindal and all the other elected officials who are here. First, I want to recognize the terrific leadership of Admiral Landry, from day one, and the rest of the federal team who has been here on site. It's been across -- it's been an effort, a team effort across all the agencies of the federal government. My deputy secretary, David Hayes, was dispatched down here by me on order when the incident occurred. He has been monitoring this minute-by-minute. 15:24:08 And while we still have a long ways to go and we do not know exactly where we are going, we are confident that the federal team for the United States of America, as directed by the president, is doing everything that we possibly can do. As soon as we learned about the explosion, we came down here to help in the search-and-rescue efforts. And as time has evolved, we know that today the situation is still a dangerous one. British Petroleum has a massive spill for which they are responsible. 15:24:40 The oil threatens communities, wildlife and natural resources around the Gulf of Mexico. Our focus remains, as it has for the last 10 days, on overseeing BP's efforts to secure their wellhead that is spilling oil, and minimizing the damage that could come. Yesterday at BP's command center in Houston, I pressed the CEOs of BP as well as the engineers to work harder and faster and smarter to get the job done. I have asked other companies from across the oil and gas industry to bring their global expertise to the situation to make sure that no idea that is worth pursuing is not pursued. And under President Obama's direction, every resource, as Secretary Napolitano stated, is being made available to respond. We cannot rest and we will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead and until they clean up every drop of oil. The weather this weekend presents a challenge, but the strong interagency effort and our coordination with local and state partners means that we have plans in place, resources deployed, and the people we need to fight the fight. At the same time, though, the spill raises many questions about safety on drilling rigs and platforms in the deep water. I've ordered immediate inspections of all deep-water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and we've issued a safety notice to all operators reminding them of their responsibilities to follow our regulations and to conduct full and thorough tests of their equipment, including the blowout-prevention stacks. Today I'm also signing a secretarial order establishing an Outer Continental Shelf safety review board within the United States Department of Interior. The assistant secretary for Land and Minerals, along with the inspector general for the department, will lead this effort. They will provide recommendations for steps that we can take to strengthen OCS safety and to improve overall management. 15:26:46 They will look at all options. They will provide oversight and support to MMS as they conduct their joint investigation of the incident, which was ordered by Secretary Napolitano and by me a few days ago. 15:26:57 I have confidence that we will get to the bottom of what's happened here. Those responsible will be held accountable, and the lessons we learn will help guide us as we responsibly and safely develop our nation's energy resources. I will now introduce the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson. 15:27:19 MS. JACKSON: Thanks, everybody. This situation began as a human tragedy, and my heart -- and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who are presumed lost. And it has evolved -- and it has involved (sic) into an environmental challenge of the first order, unprecedented in its situation but not in terms of the need to respond. Using all the lessons that we've learned in the past but realizing that we must be flexible and willing to move quickly to adjust to the situation as we find it on the ground here. And EPA is certainly a part of that. 15:27:57 From the beginning, we've been in support of the Coast Guard, as they moved swiftly to search and rescue and the efforts around it with NOAA's assistance, in trying to predict when this might make landfall. As situations and whether has worsened, which has brought this material closer to shore, we've had to change our approach. EPA is part of a team though. For every environmental challenge, certainly one like this, it will require a team of people focusing on multiple aspects, some of which we know and some of which present data challenges and questions. We will work with the states first and foremost. We began air sampling yesterday. We did that because we called in the states, who have permanent air monitors along the shoreline, and asked them to work with us. And all of them did absolutely right on the spot, to increase the frequency of sampling from those fixed air monitors. That gives us a piece of the picture. And EPA has set up a website, www.epa.gov/bpspill <http://www.epa.gov/bpspill>, where you will be able to see the results first of that air monitoring. Then we have asked for additional air monitoring to look for other contaminants, things that we wouldn't normally look for in those fixed air monitoring. And we have two mobile labs. One is making its way here. I believe the other was making its way. It may already be here. 15:29:30 And we'll start taking samples and put that data up. There is a concern about odors. And we do believe that that odor is probably due in part to the spill. There is a large, large sheen. It is a very thin layer. And with increasing wind and wave activity, you get an aerosol out there in that move. Now, the question is: What does that mean? We don't have any reason to believe that there is a concern, but we can't answer that question until we get the data. That data collection has already begun. And as we get data, we will put it up on the website, and we will interpret it because it's important to know what it really means. Water sampling begins today. We clearly know that there's a problem in the water, but it's in order to understand and help understand the fate and transport of material that's already in the water. And that's on top of efforts by local governments and state government and NOAA, who are already out in varying parts, getting information. And it builds on an existing database of current ecological information that we have through our Gulf of Mexico research center. So we're working to answer the questions that are beginning to be posed in people's minds. Now, what I said to people, 15:30:39 being from this area, it is not unusual for us to face an incident that we know is coming and to be prepared. And the resilience and strength of the people of the Gulf Coast has been what has gotten us through many, many, many a challenge. And one of the things I'm determined to do while here is to make sure we are getting the best ideas from those who know these marshes and coastlines like the back of their hand, to make sure that some of the high-tech solutions are met with low-tech or no-tech solutions that may be out there, to try to do whatever we can to preserve people's culture, their way of life and their livelihoods. And we will continue to be here. I will stay for -- I'm planning right now two days. I'm already thinking about calling my family and saying maybe it's going to need to be longer. But we will stay as long as we need to, to make sure that we are ready and able to be partners in response, to support all the local governments who are out there, who are trying to stand up their people and get their communities ready for this response. Thanks very much. And now I'd like to introduce Doug Suttles, from BP. 15:31:48 MR. SUTTLES: Thank you. And I'm very pleased that you've all joined us here as we try to address this very, very unfortunate event. Since this event began on April the 20th, we've only had three priorities, and those priorities have been: stop the flow of oil, minimize the impact and keep the public informed. 15:32:07 We've so far mounted the largest response effort ever done in the world. We've utilized every technology available. We've applied every resource requested. We continue to try to stop the source of flow. We continue to develop new options, both to address the continued flow of oil at the seabed but also to minimize the impact to the environment. We welcome every new idea and every offer of support, both from state government and federal government. We had an idea submitted to us just 48 hours ago about the sub-sea application of dispersants. That operation will begin in less than two hours. As a demonstration of the application of new technology and openness to new thinking, we have invited in experts from other oil and gas companies, and as we speak, members of the Department of Defense are with our team in Houston, looking for new ideas. So like everyone, we understand and completely agree that we need to bring this event to closure as quickly as possible, and we need to address the impacts as fully as we can. And BP's resources will be made available to do that. Thank you. STAFF: A question from in the room. Q Yes. The -- can anyone from the Coast Guard comment on -- STAFF: I'm sorry. Can you identify your media outlet? Q Sorry. Ray Henry. I work for -- (off mike). Ray Henry. I work for the Associated Press. Can anyone from the Coast Guard or BP talk a little bit about the role, if any, they think cementing played in the explosion, particularly what happened in this process and whether that figures in the investigation? 15:33:47 MR. SUTTLES: This is Doug Suttles from BP. We actually don't know what caused this event. And clearly, the government has an investigation that they've initiated. We've launched our own internal investigation as well. But since you can an imagine, since this event's began, we've only had one focus, which is stop the flow of oil and actually minimize the impact. Through good time and as quickly as possible, 15:34:15 we will actually find the cause. The equipment on the sea bed, which we're all very interested, will eventually be recovered, and hopefully we can discover and learn things from this event to make this event never occur again. 15:34:29 SEC. SALAZAR: Just -- not on behalf of the Coast Guard, but on behalf of Secretary Napolitano and me, we have signed a memorandum of understanding to do a joint investigation between the Department of Interior and Homeland Security. Those investigators are on the ground. They're trying to determine the facts. And obviously, this is going to be an investigation that will be unfolding, but at this point in time there are no clear answers as to what caused what is very apparently an unprecedented event that is being very difficult to deal with. Q Thank you. This is -- (off mike) -- from Bloomberg News. I was wondering if you have a new estimate of current costs, daily costs, of these operations. And has the drilling of the so-called relief well already started? 15:35:29 MR. SUTTLES: The current cost of these operations are between $6 (million) and $7 million a day. Clearly, as the oil approaches the shoreline, those costs will increase as we mount both additional booming activities and as we mount cleanup activities where it has occurred. The relief well operation will -- should begin tomorrow. The drilling rig has arrived. It's on station and it's doing final preparations. I should also say that a second drill ship will be arriving tomorrow, and that drill ship will be available to deploy the sub-sea recovery system we've discussed or attempt additional interventions on the existing -- on the existing well. Q Governor Jindal, Allen Johnson for Agency (sic) France- Presse. A lot of people in Venice, Louisiana, lower Plaquemines, are very angry with BP, and they're considering filing suit. And I want to know if the state of Louisiana's considering filing suit against BP also. And how does that change the dynamic of your -- of your relationship with the company if you are considering filing suit? 15:36:34 GOV. JINDAL: Sure. A couple of things. One, our focus right now obviously is to mitigate the damage on our coast, on our fisheries, on our wetlands and our fragile ecosystems. And one of the suggestions we made -- and you heard me say this in my comments -- is we are concerned and we have encouraged BP strongly to seek even more assistance from the federal government, because I do think this response could overwhelm their capabilities, especially as it's the -- not only Louisiana but other states' coast that may be potentially impacted. 15:37:01 So right now our focus is making sure that we deploy the resources to protect our coastline and that there's -- the cleanup starts as quickly as possible. I know there'll be time later for folks to consider litigation, claims, financial reimbursement. Right now our focus has got to be on protecting our coast and our wetlands, our ecosystems. Obviously, there are a lot of people's livelihoods that are going to be in -- negatively impacted: our commercial fisheries, our recreational fishermen, many, many small businesses. And that's why we've already asked the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to help those small businesses. We want to do everything we can to help our small businesses and our people get back on their feet. Q Sabrina Wilson, FOX 8 News in New Orleans. You said you're calling on BP to operate smarter, to do more. At least two members -- GOV. JINDAL: I'm sorry, Sabrina. You got to -- who are you asking the question to? Q I'm referring this to Secretaries Salazar and Napolitano. GOV. JINDAL: Sure. Q You called on BP to operate smarter, do more. Specifically, where do you think they're dropping the ball? 15:38:05 SEC. SALAZAR: Well, let me -- you know, BP has all hands on deck on this thing. This is a matter of global proportion, and so they have summoned their global resources to focus in on this issue. But we have also asked British Petroleum to reach out to the entire oil and gas industry around the world. Indeed, at a meeting of the Department of the Interior last night where I met with executives from other oil and gas companies, I asked BP to put together a SWAT team to take the best ideas from the other companies, to make sure that we are maximizing the effort here. This particular incident has huge ramifications for what happens with respect to energy development in the oceans all around the world. And, yes, we have a lot to lose here in America, in terms of an energy resource and in terms of environmental values that we very much cherish. The oil and gas industry has a tremendous amount to lose in terms of their global economic value here. And so they are putting tremendous resources into trying to figure out the problem in terms of stopping the flow from the well. And at the same time, under the federal law that applies to this spill, the responsibility for responding to this spill is with the company. And at the highest levels of British Petroleum, in writing, they have assured us that they have the resources to respond to the challenge. STAFF: Operator, if you go to a question from the phone, please. (Pause.) Operator? SEC. SALAZAR: Operator, do you want to go to questions? OPERATOR: Thank you. Our first question will come from Ian Talley. Q Yes. Can you hear me? STAFF: Yes. Could you state your outlet, please. Q Yes. It's Ian Talley, Dow Jones Newswires. I've spoken to two industry experts whose jobs are to estimate oil spill sizes based on satellite data and radar data. Using the MMS and Coast Guard satellite data and the information from BP in terms of how thick the spill is (in certain areas ?), they're estimating a spill that -- and a spill rate that is five times what BP is saying. So BP is saying 5,000 barrels per day; they are saying 20(,000) to 25,000 barrels a day. Are you confident in the 5,000 barrels-a-day number? And what are you basing them on? Are those BP figures? 15:40:50 REAR ADMIRAL MARY LANDRY (U.S. Coast Guard): I would caution you not to get fixated on an estimate of how much is out there. The most important thing is from day one we stood corralling resources from a worst-case scenario, working back. And I think the demonstration of those who are here today shows that from day one we have solicited the help of the whole of government and the private sector to approach this response. Q So you're confident in those figures, the 5,000 barrels a day? 15:41:30 MR. SUTTLES: Yeah, this is Doug Suttles from BP. Since the event began, and since the beginning -- the sinking of the Transocean Horizon, we could monitor, once we discovered the oil was flowing at the seabed, we could monitor it with remote-operated-vehicle cameras. And we've done that. And what we've been monitoring, the amount of flow looks essentially the same. But we cannot meter that flow. So as the -- as the events unfolded, we can monitor what's on the surface of the sea. So when the event first started, ourselves with the rest of the unified command, including NOAA scientists - 15:41:57 our best estimate at the time was 1,000 barrels a day. But as we began to gather more data from what we were seeing, from satellite images and from overflight data, we actually revised that number to 5,000 barrels a day. That did not indicate a change in the amount of flow. It indicated a change in the estimate of the flow rate. But this is highly imprecise, highly imprecise. And as the admiral has already stated, we continue to respond to a much more significant case, so that we're prepared for that in the eventuality that the rate is higher. STAFF: Operator, next question, please. OPERATOR: Certainly. Our next question will come from Zach (sp). (Inaudible.) Please state your affiliation. Q (Off mike) -- this morning on whether or not this could affect oil production, whether or not there might be some kind of halt for future oil production in different areas. (Off mike) -- on the table, is that a consideration in the deepwater? 15:43:45 SEC. SALAZAR: Zach (sp), the oil and gas which this nation currently depends on very much comes from the Gulf of Mexico. About a third of the domestically produced oil and gas resources actually come from this region. We want to make sure that those operations are operating safely. And so we've dispatched the inspections, to do what we have to do, to make sure that those are operating safely. The president this morning directed the Department of Interior and me as secretary to report back to him, within 30 days, with any recommendations on any kind of enhanced safety measures. At this point in time, we are still doing additional work and research to determine whether or not there are other safety procedures that have to go into place. But the oil and gas production that continues to come from the Gulf Coast that essentially fuels the economy of this nation still continues to flow today and will continue to flow into the foreseeable future 15:44:06 until we are able to determine that if -- that there is a problem that should cause us to go in a different direction. We want to do this based on the facts and based on the best science that we have. STAFF: Next question, Operator. OPERATOR: Our next question will come from Gary Taylor (sp). Please state your affiliation. Q Hi. I'm with -- (inaudible). I want to follow up on a question that was asked earlier, and I don't think it was answered. Secretary Napolitano, you sounded in your comments critical of BP's response so far. Are you critical of it? And what do you think is missing from the BP response to it? 15:44:40 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Well, I think -- I think there is reason now to know more than we knew originally. I mean, originally, this well was drilled with the expectation that if there were an explosion and a failure, that a blowout preventer would close off leakage into the ocean. And originally the BOP, when it failed, 15:45:24 BP took actions designed to try to take other actions along the riser of the well to close off leakage and to close off the oil flow. None of those worked. And I think I share the disappointment of all in the fact that none of those worked. Now we need to move more speedily -- and this accrues to BP -- more speedily to protect wetlands, to protect marshes, to protect the ecosystem here. The federal government stands ready not just to support BP but to move aggressively to work with the state of Louisiana, to work with the parish presidents and the affected areas, to work with the businesses, the shrimpers, the fishermen, the stores, all of whom now have their livelihood endangered by this oil spill and because of the fact that it is now approaching landfall. We need to make sure that there is an effective and easy claims process so that people can know that they will not be financially damaged themselves personally or in their businesses because of this spill. 15:46:55 And we also have to have an effective process where we have all of the resources of the federal government linked up with the states and, as I said before, with mayors, with parish presidents, not just in Louisiana but, as it looks now moving east, Mississippi, Alabama and perhaps even as far as Florida. We will make sure and are making sure that that response is there. The response is strong, it's coordinated and it is designed to minimize the harm to our coastal lands, and that the - 15:47:36 to the extent there is harm, there is swift and effective cleanup. And we will work to make sure that British Petroleum meets its financial obligations, an obligation it undertook in exchange for the ability to undertake this drilling. So it is a partnership, or an effort, in which everybody standing here is involved, in which we all have an effective stake. But those who have the most effective stakes are the men and women who live in the coastal areas of Louisiana, of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. And they are utmost in our minds. STAFF: Operator, last question. OPERATOR: The next question will come from Janet McConnaughey. Please state your affiliation. Q The Associated Press. This is a question either to the admiral or Doug Suttles, or whoever might know. Of those 300 vessels that have been brought in, how many are able to work today, with the rough weather? Is the -- is there skimming going on out there? And can it work? STAFF: Do you want to go? MR. SUTTLES: Yes, I -- earlier, someone actually said that the weather's a challenge. So several days ago, we had two good weather days in a row, and we had a very good success on the water, including this in situ burn test, which looks like a great tool that we can use forward. But when the winds come up and the seas come up, unfortunately, we can't do much on the surface of the sea. In fact, as we stand here today, because of wave heights, we're not able to skim. Now, we are able to place dispersants. So during good weather, we can apply all of our tools to limit the impacts and hold this thing offshore. But when the weather comes up, we can't do that. So as I'm talking to you here just now, unfortunately, we're not able to operate our skimmers. STAFF: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. 15:49:49 END GULF OIL SPILL The first traces of oil from the rig explosion are washing ashore in Louisiana. The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, even surpassing the Exxon Valdez catastrophe, which left 11 million gallons in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Shrimp and oyster fishermen are rushing to scoop up their catch before the waters become contaminated. BP is still trying to stop the leak, which is spewing more than 5-thousand barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, by attempting to drill a new well and use dispersants to break up the oil. Senior members from the Obama Administration will also be inspecting the site today.
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COAST GUARD PRESSER, NEWSER, PRESS CONFERENCE Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson; Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.); and BP COO Doug Suttles hold a briefing on ongoing operations dedicated to minimizing environmental risks in the areas affected by leaking oil from the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 15:09:47 Napolitano and Salazar and others enter 15:10:16 GOV. JINDAL: I want to first of all start off by saying I want to thank Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Salazar, Administrator Jackson, Administrator Lubchenco, Director Browner and the many others for coming down to Louisiana and seeing firsthand not only the spill but the effects of the spill that it's having, on Louisiana's waters and Louisiana's coast, as well as the response efforts. Appreciated the phone call from the president yesterday. As I told him yesterday, we're certainly urging the federal government and BP to deploy even more resources, to help mitigate the impact of the oil spill that is threatening the coast of our state. 15:10:39 We must certainly do everything we can to contain the oil spill that threatens our wildlife and vast natural resources. I'm certainly worried that the booms as currently deployed are not effective. The areas that will be impacted first by this oil spill therefore are critical and fragile coastal sites. These next few days are critical. That's why I must do everything necessary, everything possible to protect our coast. I do have concerns, I've shared these concerns, that BP's current resources are not adequate to meet the three challenges we face. I've urged them to seek even more help from the federal government and from others. The three challenges we face are stopping the leak, protecting our coast, preparation for a swift cleanup of our impacted areas. We've also been working with local officials to assess their needs, to help them request resources from BP and the Coast Guard. It is critical the Coast Guard and BP uphold their commitment, their responsibility, to provide resources to the coastal areas that could be impacted by this spill. On the state's side, I want to update you on some of the steps we're taking. We've taken every step we can to help protect our coast, our wildlife, our environment, our people. 15:11:35 Last night, I sent letters to Secretary Gates, Secretary Napolitano, requesting the Louisiana National Guard be placed under federal Title 32 status, so that we can mobilize the resources of the National Guard. I want to thank the secretary; she told us they were working very hard on that request. This would provide support for at least 90 days of military duty for up to 6,000 soldiers and airmen serving on active duty in support of our response to the threat of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The National Guard could help provide security, medical capabilities, engineers, cleanup efforts and communications support in response to this threat. After helping our state respond and recover from four storms in recent years, the Guard is especially ready to help us respond to this particular oil spill. 15:12:13 If the Department of Defense approves this request, the National Guard is prepared on their first -- the first phase of this deployment to immediately activate 600 Guardsmen, have them on the ground They're already ordering 1,500 protective suits, so they're prepared to help support the cleanup efforts. We're also working to make sure that our fisheries, our small businesses are protected from the oil spill. We've written the U.S. secretary of Commerce requesting the declaration of a commercial fisheries failure as well as support from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. This declaration will provide financial assistance to our individual fishermen, assistance for the restoration of fisheries and assistance for commercial and recreational fishing businesses. As many of you know, Louisiana is the top producer of commercial fisheries in the lower 48 states. It's one of the top recreational fishing destinations in the country. This oil spill will certainly adversely affect the productivity of this ecosystem and fishing families across our state. It is critical that our fishermen and their families have the type of support they need to get through this event. We've also asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to activate all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA to help the small businesses in our state that we know will be impacted by this oil spill. Specifically, we're asking the SBA to 15:13:22 consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for coastal businesses that are impacted by the oil spill and to also those who have 2005 and 2008 disaster and economic injury loans as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. On the state side, we're working hard to support the response efforts. Yesterday we declared a state of emergency, which positions our state to deploy assets and engage and to help the federal government and BP. Our Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials are opening the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish and the Davis Pond Diversion in St. Charles Parish to try to help prevent any oil from penetrating deep into coastal marshes. The authority is also working on a second line of defense in the wetlands, where they could actually anchor booms in place to try to preserve some of our most fragile and important ecosystems. Today, our Office of Homeland Security is reaching out to other states through the EMAC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, to identify oil-spill coordinators. The Office of Homeland Security is also deploying staff to Plackman's Parish, St. Bernard Parish, to help their emergency responders of the oil-spill effort. We've set a command center, a mobile command center, here in Robert. We also are sending a mobile command center to the Coast Guard site in Houma. 15:14:28 The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the lower Breton Sound area to shrimpers. They plan to close the upper Breton Sound area at 6:00 p.m. tonight. The lower Breton Sound was closed as of 6:00 a.m. this morning. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has also deployed 40 field biologists for testing purposes. They've got 160 additional biologists staged for wildlife rescues as they become necessary. The Department of Environmental Quality has got 40 regional staff members with oil spill and hazard experience who will be deployed. DEQ and DHH have reported that residents of coastal areas of southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, may be detecting the odor possibly resulting from the oil spill approaching the coast. DHH and DEQ have requested continuous air-quality testing and monitoring from the EPA. DEQ will be assisting the EPA by increasing the frequency of air sampling at its Kenner and Chalmette monitors. Those samples will then receive expedited turnaround by EPA labs. I do want to thank the EPA administrator. Not only is she down here personally; she's from this area. And I think she certainly understands the importance of continuously monitoring the air, and I know that she'll have some announcements about monitoring the water. 15:15:32 Out of an abundance of caution, we've also activated the joint Department of Transportation-Department of Social Services shelter team, in case the special-needs sheltering does become necessary due to deteriorating air quality. Again, this is a precaution at this time. The Department of Corrections is working with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to train inmates in oil-spill cleanup efforts, so they can help assist our federal lead agencies. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is also today training National Guard trainers so they can then, in turn, train the Guardsmen that assist in the cleanup efforts. We've offered these resources repeatedly to BP. We're still awaiting a detailed response from them on how best to deploy these assets. In a precautionary move, the Department of Health and Hospitals is working with Wildlife and Fisheries to close oyster beds along the eastern Louisiana coast. Specifically, they'll be closing harvesting areas two through seven at sunset tonight, which are east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard. We've been told by BP they've got 20 rapid-response teams. Ten have been mobilized. There will ultimately be 50 in place. We've offered BP personnel to help these teams to help clean up the wetlands, from state police, DEQ, DNR and many other agencies. 15:16:35 After today's press conference, later this afternoon, I'll be traveling not only to Venice but other impacted areas. I'll be accompanied by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro to help assess the needs of our local officials, to see firsthand the response efforts that are taking place. 15:16:49 We're certainly going to take every effort -- we're going to continue to take every step we can to help protect our coasts, our wildlife, our environment and our people. I want to again personally thank Secretary Napolitano and the other federal officials that have come personally to see the spill, the impacts, the cleanup and the relief efforts. It is my privilege to introduce to you Secretary Napolitano. 15:17:10 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Thanks, Governor. Well, good afternoon. I'm pleased to be joined here on the Gulf Coast -- I'm pleased to be here with Governor Jindal. We have just landed from a flight over the area affected by the BP oil spill, and we have just convened a meeting with our state and local partners who are engaged in a coordinated effort on what needs to be done to protect lands from the spill and also to be sure we can effectuate a quick and effective cleanup. 15:17:45 We are paying extremely close attention to the work already being done here. As the president and the law have made clear, British Petroleum, as the responsible party, is required to fund the cost of the response and the cleanup operations. We continue to urge BP to leverage additional assets to help lead the response in this effort, because it is clear that after several unsuccessful attempts to secure the source of the leak, it is time for BP to supplement their current mobilization as the slick of oil moves toward shore. As the federal coordinators overseeing BP's efforts, we're here to make sure that the resources are being used wisely and to the greatest effect at minimizing environmental risk. 15:18:33 Let me be clear. The president has ordered that the administration use every single available resource at our disposal in response to this issue. As the oil nears the shore, it's important to note that we have anticipated and planned for a worst-case scenario since day one. And let's not forget that the response actually began as a search-and-rescue mission. The Coast Guard responded immediately following the April 20 explosion in an effort to save lives. 15:19:08 Our visit is also helping to inform our investigation into the causes of the explosion, which left 11 workers presumed dead and three critically injured, in addition to the ongoing oils pill. Following the explosion, we also immediately began responding to the environmental implications of the spill and 15:19:29 began to direct oversight in support of BP's cleanup and containment efforts, setting up a command center here and working across the federal government to ensure a strong and steady battle rhythm. Yesterday I announced the designation of this spill as a spill of national significance, in consultation with the Coast Guard commandant. This means that there is substantial -- that this is a substantial release of oil or hazardous substances, which will require sustained involvement of senior officials across the government. 15:20:06 Aside from being an acknowledgment of the seriousness of this spill, it also commits the Coast Guard to dedicating additional senior agency staff and resources to the response. The Environmental Protection Agency also has the same authority with respect to inland waterway spills. The coordinated federal partnership, including the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, Interior and EPA, continues to oversee BP's deployment of a combination of tactics. This week, as you know, 15:20:40 BP began conducting controlled burns designed to remove large quantities of oil from the open water, in an effort to protect shoreline, marine and other wildlife. BP continues to use chemical dispersants, which, along with natural dispersions of oil, will address a large part of the slick. A hundred and thirty-nine thousand, four hundred and fifty-nine gallons of dispersant have been used to date. Among -- other responsive activities include skimming, subsurface wellhead operations and significant booming efforts to protect Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama shoreline. Nearly 220,000 feet of boom have been deployed at six staging locations, and hundreds of thousands of feet are staged and ready to be deployed. Approximately 1,900 personnel are currently deployed, and over 853,000 gallons of oily water have been collected so far, using 300 vessels and dozens of aircraft engaged in the response. The Department of Defense is fully integrated into the Department of Homeland Security-led team and is fully supportive of all response activities. Navy assets have actually been involved since day one. And DOD continues to offer what is needed as the situation develops. The secretary of Defense has approved a request for two C-130 aircraft to dispense oil-dispersing chemicals capable of covering up to 250 acres per flight, with three flights per aircraft per day. They are currently en route to the affected areas. The Coast Guard has requested additional assistance from the Department of Defense. 15:22:32 Additionally the Navy has sent thousands of feet of inflatable oil boom and other vital equipment and personnel to support the oil response efforts, in direct support of the Coast Guard, under the existing pollution cleanup and salvage operations agreement that we have with them. 15:22:50 Naval Air Station Pensacola is serving as that staging facility. We will continue to push BP to engage in the strongest possible response, while taking steps to ensure the protection of our shoreline and our wildlife and our precious lands. And with that, I welcome the secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar. 15:23:14 SEC. SALAZAR: Thank you very much, Secretary Napolitano, and to all of the federal team who are here: Administrator Jackson from the EPA, Jane Lubchenco, the undersecretary for NOAA, as well as Admiral Landry and David Hayes, the deputy secretary of Interior, Governor Jindal and all the other elected officials who are here. First, I want to recognize the terrific leadership of Admiral Landry, from day one, and the rest of the federal team who has been here on site. It's been across -- it's been an effort, a team effort across all the agencies of the federal government. My deputy secretary, David Hayes, was dispatched down here by me on order when the incident occurred. He has been monitoring this minute-by-minute. 15:24:08 And while we still have a long ways to go and we do not know exactly where we are going, we are confident that the federal team for the United States of America, as directed by the president, is doing everything that we possibly can do. As soon as we learned about the explosion, we came down here to help in the search-and-rescue efforts. And as time has evolved, we know that today the situation is still a dangerous one. British Petroleum has a massive spill for which they are responsible. 15:24:40 The oil threatens communities, wildlife and natural resources around the Gulf of Mexico. Our focus remains, as it has for the last 10 days, on overseeing BP's efforts to secure their wellhead that is spilling oil, and minimizing the damage that could come. Yesterday at BP's command center in Houston, I pressed the CEOs of BP as well as the engineers to work harder and faster and smarter to get the job done. I have asked other companies from across the oil and gas industry to bring their global expertise to the situation to make sure that no idea that is worth pursuing is not pursued. And under President Obama's direction, every resource, as Secretary Napolitano stated, is being made available to respond. We cannot rest and we will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead and until they clean up every drop of oil. The weather this weekend presents a challenge, but the strong interagency effort and our coordination with local and state partners means that we have plans in place, resources deployed, and the people we need to fight the fight. At the same time, though, the spill raises many questions about safety on drilling rigs and platforms in the deep water. I've ordered immediate inspections of all deep-water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and we've issued a safety notice to all operators reminding them of their responsibilities to follow our regulations and to conduct full and thorough tests of their equipment, including the blowout-prevention stacks. Today I'm also signing a secretarial order establishing an Outer Continental Shelf safety review board within the United States Department of Interior. The assistant secretary for Land and Minerals, along with the inspector general for the department, will lead this effort. They will provide recommendations for steps that we can take to strengthen OCS safety and to improve overall management. 15:26:46 They will look at all options. They will provide oversight and support to MMS as they conduct their joint investigation of the incident, which was ordered by Secretary Napolitano and by me a few days ago. 15:26:57 I have confidence that we will get to the bottom of what's happened here. Those responsible will be held accountable, and the lessons we learn will help guide us as we responsibly and safely develop our nation's energy resources. I will now introduce the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson. 15:27:19 MS. JACKSON: Thanks, everybody. This situation began as a human tragedy, and my heart -- and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who are presumed lost. And it has evolved -- and it has involved (sic) into an environmental challenge of the first order, unprecedented in its situation but not in terms of the need to respond. Using all the lessons that we've learned in the past but realizing that we must be flexible and willing to move quickly to adjust to the situation as we find it on the ground here. And EPA is certainly a part of that. 15:27:57 From the beginning, we've been in support of the Coast Guard, as they moved swiftly to search and rescue and the efforts around it with NOAA's assistance, in trying to predict when this might make landfall. As situations and whether has worsened, which has brought this material closer to shore, we've had to change our approach. EPA is part of a team though. For every environmental challenge, certainly one like this, it will require a team of people focusing on multiple aspects, some of which we know and some of which present data challenges and questions. We will work with the states first and foremost. We began air sampling yesterday. We did that because we called in the states, who have permanent air monitors along the shoreline, and asked them to work with us. And all of them did absolutely right on the spot, to increase the frequency of sampling from those fixed air monitors. That gives us a piece of the picture. And EPA has set up a website, www.epa.gov/bpspill <http://www.epa.gov/bpspill>, where you will be able to see the results first of that air monitoring. Then we have asked for additional air monitoring to look for other contaminants, things that we wouldn't normally look for in those fixed air monitoring. And we have two mobile labs. One is making its way here. I believe the other was making its way. It may already be here. 15:29:30 And we'll start taking samples and put that data up. There is a concern about odors. And we do believe that that odor is probably due in part to the spill. There is a large, large sheen. It is a very thin layer. And with increasing wind and wave activity, you get an aerosol out there in that move. Now, the question is: What does that mean? We don't have any reason to believe that there is a concern, but we can't answer that question until we get the data. That data collection has already begun. And as we get data, we will put it up on the website, and we will interpret it because it's important to know what it really means. Water sampling begins today. We clearly know that there's a problem in the water, but it's in order to understand and help understand the fate and transport of material that's already in the water. And that's on top of efforts by local governments and state government and NOAA, who are already out in varying parts, getting information. And it builds on an existing database of current ecological information that we have through our Gulf of Mexico research center. So we're working to answer the questions that are beginning to be posed in people's minds. Now, what I said to people, 15:30:39 being from this area, it is not unusual for us to face an incident that we know is coming and to be prepared. And the resilience and strength of the people of the Gulf Coast has been what has gotten us through many, many, many a challenge. And one of the things I'm determined to do while here is to make sure we are getting the best ideas from those who know these marshes and coastlines like the back of their hand, to make sure that some of the high-tech solutions are met with low-tech or no-tech solutions that may be out there, to try to do whatever we can to preserve people's culture, their way of life and their livelihoods. And we will continue to be here. I will stay for -- I'm planning right now two days. I'm already thinking about calling my family and saying maybe it's going to need to be longer. But we will stay as long as we need to, to make sure that we are ready and able to be partners in response, to support all the local governments who are out there, who are trying to stand up their people and get their communities ready for this response. Thanks very much. And now I'd like to introduce Doug Suttles, from BP. 15:31:48 MR. SUTTLES: Thank you. And I'm very pleased that you've all joined us here as we try to address this very, very unfortunate event. Since this event began on April the 20th, we've only had three priorities, and those priorities have been: stop the flow of oil, minimize the impact and keep the public informed. 15:32:07 We've so far mounted the largest response effort ever done in the world. We've utilized every technology available. We've applied every resource requested. We continue to try to stop the source of flow. We continue to develop new options, both to address the continued flow of oil at the seabed but also to minimize the impact to the environment. We welcome every new idea and every offer of support, both from state government and federal government. We had an idea submitted to us just 48 hours ago about the sub-sea application of dispersants. That operation will begin in less than two hours. As a demonstration of the application of new technology and openness to new thinking, we have invited in experts from other oil and gas companies, and as we speak, members of the Department of Defense are with our team in Houston, looking for new ideas. So like everyone, we understand and completely agree that we need to bring this event to closure as quickly as possible, and we need to address the impacts as fully as we can. And BP's resources will be made available to do that. Thank you. STAFF: A question from in the room. Q Yes. The -- can anyone from the Coast Guard comment on -- STAFF: I'm sorry. Can you identify your media outlet? Q Sorry. Ray Henry. I work for -- (off mike). Ray Henry. I work for the Associated Press. Can anyone from the Coast Guard or BP talk a little bit about the role, if any, they think cementing played in the explosion, particularly what happened in this process and whether that figures in the investigation? 15:33:47 MR. SUTTLES: This is Doug Suttles from BP. We actually don't know what caused this event. And clearly, the government has an investigation that they've initiated. We've launched our own internal investigation as well. But since you can an imagine, since this event's began, we've only had one focus, which is stop the flow of oil and actually minimize the impact. Through good time and as quickly as possible, 15:34:15 we will actually find the cause. The equipment on the sea bed, which we're all very interested, will eventually be recovered, and hopefully we can discover and learn things from this event to make this event never occur again. 15:34:29 SEC. SALAZAR: Just -- not on behalf of the Coast Guard, but on behalf of Secretary Napolitano and me, we have signed a memorandum of understanding to do a joint investigation between the Department of Interior and Homeland Security. Those investigators are on the ground. They're trying to determine the facts. And obviously, this is going to be an investigation that will be unfolding, but at this point in time there are no clear answers as to what caused what is very apparently an unprecedented event that is being very difficult to deal with. Q Thank you. This is -- (off mike) -- from Bloomberg News. I was wondering if you have a new estimate of current costs, daily costs, of these operations. And has the drilling of the so-called relief well already started? 15:35:29 MR. SUTTLES: The current cost of these operations are between $6 (million) and $7 million a day. Clearly, as the oil approaches the shoreline, those costs will increase as we mount both additional booming activities and as we mount cleanup activities where it has occurred. The relief well operation will -- should begin tomorrow. The drilling rig has arrived. It's on station and it's doing final preparations. I should also say that a second drill ship will be arriving tomorrow, and that drill ship will be available to deploy the sub-sea recovery system we've discussed or attempt additional interventions on the existing -- on the existing well. Q Governor Jindal, Allen Johnson for Agency (sic) France- Presse. A lot of people in Venice, Louisiana, lower Plaquemines, are very angry with BP, and they're considering filing suit. And I want to know if the state of Louisiana's considering filing suit against BP also. And how does that change the dynamic of your -- of your relationship with the company if you are considering filing suit? 15:36:34 GOV. JINDAL: Sure. A couple of things. One, our focus right now obviously is to mitigate the damage on our coast, on our fisheries, on our wetlands and our fragile ecosystems. And one of the suggestions we made -- and you heard me say this in my comments -- is we are concerned and we have encouraged BP strongly to seek even more assistance from the federal government, because I do think this response could overwhelm their capabilities, especially as it's the -- not only Louisiana but other states' coast that may be potentially impacted. 15:37:01 So right now our focus is making sure that we deploy the resources to protect our coastline and that there's -- the cleanup starts as quickly as possible. I know there'll be time later for folks to consider litigation, claims, financial reimbursement. Right now our focus has got to be on protecting our coast and our wetlands, our ecosystems. Obviously, there are a lot of people's livelihoods that are going to be in -- negatively impacted: our commercial fisheries, our recreational fishermen, many, many small businesses. And that's why we've already asked the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to help those small businesses. We want to do everything we can to help our small businesses and our people get back on their feet. Q Sabrina Wilson, FOX 8 News in New Orleans. You said you're calling on BP to operate smarter, to do more. At least two members -- GOV. JINDAL: I'm sorry, Sabrina. You got to -- who are you asking the question to? Q I'm referring this to Secretaries Salazar and Napolitano. GOV. JINDAL: Sure. Q You called on BP to operate smarter, do more. Specifically, where do you think they're dropping the ball? 15:38:05 SEC. SALAZAR: Well, let me -- you know, BP has all hands on deck on this thing. This is a matter of global proportion, and so they have summoned their global resources to focus in on this issue. But we have also asked British Petroleum to reach out to the entire oil and gas industry around the world. Indeed, at a meeting of the Department of the Interior last night where I met with executives from other oil and gas companies, I asked BP to put together a SWAT team to take the best ideas from the other companies, to make sure that we are maximizing the effort here. This particular incident has huge ramifications for what happens with respect to energy development in the oceans all around the world. And, yes, we have a lot to lose here in America, in terms of an energy resource and in terms of environmental values that we very much cherish. The oil and gas industry has a tremendous amount to lose in terms of their global economic value here. And so they are putting tremendous resources into trying to figure out the problem in terms of stopping the flow from the well. And at the same time, under the federal law that applies to this spill, the responsibility for responding to this spill is with the company. And at the highest levels of British Petroleum, in writing, they have assured us that they have the resources to respond to the challenge. STAFF: Operator, if you go to a question from the phone, please. (Pause.) Operator? SEC. SALAZAR: Operator, do you want to go to questions? OPERATOR: Thank you. Our first question will come from Ian Talley. Q Yes. Can you hear me? STAFF: Yes. Could you state your outlet, please. Q Yes. It's Ian Talley, Dow Jones Newswires. I've spoken to two industry experts whose jobs are to estimate oil spill sizes based on satellite data and radar data. Using the MMS and Coast Guard satellite data and the information from BP in terms of how thick the spill is (in certain areas ?), they're estimating a spill that -- and a spill rate that is five times what BP is saying. So BP is saying 5,000 barrels per day; they are saying 20(,000) to 25,000 barrels a day. Are you confident in the 5,000 barrels-a-day number? And what are you basing them on? Are those BP figures? 15:40:50 REAR ADMIRAL MARY LANDRY (U.S. Coast Guard): I would caution you not to get fixated on an estimate of how much is out there. The most important thing is from day one we stood corralling resources from a worst-case scenario, working back. And I think the demonstration of those who are here today shows that from day one we have solicited the help of the whole of government and the private sector to approach this response. Q So you're confident in those figures, the 5,000 barrels a day? 15:41:30 MR. SUTTLES: Yeah, this is Doug Suttles from BP. Since the event began, and since the beginning -- the sinking of the Transocean Horizon, we could monitor, once we discovered the oil was flowing at the seabed, we could monitor it with remote-operated-vehicle cameras. And we've done that. And what we've been monitoring, the amount of flow looks essentially the same. But we cannot meter that flow. So as the -- as the events unfolded, we can monitor what's on the surface of the sea. So when the event first started, ourselves with the rest of the unified command, including NOAA scientists - 15:41:57 our best estimate at the time was 1,000 barrels a day. But as we began to gather more data from what we were seeing, from satellite images and from overflight data, we actually revised that number to 5,000 barrels a day. That did not indicate a change in the amount of flow. It indicated a change in the estimate of the flow rate. But this is highly imprecise, highly imprecise. And as the admiral has already stated, we continue to respond to a much more significant case, so that we're prepared for that in the eventuality that the rate is higher. STAFF: Operator, next question, please. OPERATOR: Certainly. Our next question will come from Zach (sp). (Inaudible.) Please state your affiliation. Q (Off mike) -- this morning on whether or not this could affect oil production, whether or not there might be some kind of halt for future oil production in different areas. (Off mike) -- on the table, is that a consideration in the deepwater? 15:43:45 SEC. SALAZAR: Zach (sp), the oil and gas which this nation currently depends on very much comes from the Gulf of Mexico. About a third of the domestically produced oil and gas resources actually come from this region. We want to make sure that those operations are operating safely. And so we've dispatched the inspections, to do what we have to do, to make sure that those are operating safely. The president this morning directed the Department of Interior and me as secretary to report back to him, within 30 days, with any recommendations on any kind of enhanced safety measures. At this point in time, we are still doing additional work and research to determine whether or not there are other safety procedures that have to go into place. But the oil and gas production that continues to come from the Gulf Coast that essentially fuels the economy of this nation still continues to flow today and will continue to flow into the foreseeable future 15:44:06 until we are able to determine that if -- that there is a problem that should cause us to go in a different direction. We want to do this based on the facts and based on the best science that we have. STAFF: Next question, Operator. OPERATOR: Our next question will come from Gary Taylor (sp). Please state your affiliation. Q Hi. I'm with -- (inaudible). I want to follow up on a question that was asked earlier, and I don't think it was answered. Secretary Napolitano, you sounded in your comments critical of BP's response so far. Are you critical of it? And what do you think is missing from the BP response to it? 15:44:40 SEC. NAPOLITANO: Well, I think -- I think there is reason now to know more than we knew originally. I mean, originally, this well was drilled with the expectation that if there were an explosion and a failure, that a blowout preventer would close off leakage into the ocean. And originally the BOP, when it failed, 15:45:24 BP took actions designed to try to take other actions along the riser of the well to close off leakage and to close off the oil flow. None of those worked. And I think I share the disappointment of all in the fact that none of those worked. Now we need to move more speedily -- and this accrues to BP -- more speedily to protect wetlands, to protect marshes, to protect the ecosystem here. The federal government stands ready not just to support BP but to move aggressively to work with the state of Louisiana, to work with the parish presidents and the affected areas, to work with the businesses, the shrimpers, the fishermen, the stores, all of whom now have their livelihood endangered by this oil spill and because of the fact that it is now approaching landfall. We need to make sure that there is an effective and easy claims process so that people can know that they will not be financially damaged themselves personally or in their businesses because of this spill. 15:46:55 And we also have to have an effective process where we have all of the resources of the federal government linked up with the states and, as I said before, with mayors, with parish presidents, not just in Louisiana but, as it looks now moving east, Mississippi, Alabama and perhaps even as far as Florida. We will make sure and are making sure that that response is there. The response is strong, it's coordinated and it is designed to minimize the harm to our coastal lands, and that the - 15:47:36 to the extent there is harm, there is swift and effective cleanup. And we will work to make sure that British Petroleum meets its financial obligations, an obligation it undertook in exchange for the ability to undertake this drilling. So it is a partnership, or an effort, in which everybody standing here is involved, in which we all have an effective stake. But those who have the most effective stakes are the men and women who live in the coastal areas of Louisiana, of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. And they are utmost in our minds. STAFF: Operator, last question. OPERATOR: The next question will come from Janet McConnaughey. Please state your affiliation. Q The Associated Press. This is a question either to the admiral or Doug Suttles, or whoever might know. Of those 300 vessels that have been brought in, how many are able to work today, with the rough weather? Is the -- is there skimming going on out there? And can it work? STAFF: Do you want to go? MR. SUTTLES: Yes, I -- earlier, someone actually said that the weather's a challenge. So several days ago, we had two good weather days in a row, and we had a very good success on the water, including this in situ burn test, which looks like a great tool that we can use forward. But when the winds come up and the seas come up, unfortunately, we can't do much on the surface of the sea. In fact, as we stand here today, because of wave heights, we're not able to skim. Now, we are able to place dispersants. So during good weather, we can apply all of our tools to limit the impacts and hold this thing offshore. But when the weather comes up, we can't do that. So as I'm talking to you here just now, unfortunately, we're not able to operate our skimmers. STAFF: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. 15:49:49 END GULF OIL SPILL The first traces of oil from the rig explosion are washing ashore in Louisiana. The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, even surpassing the Exxon Valdez catastrophe, which left 11 million gallons in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Shrimp and oyster fishermen are rushing to scoop up their catch before the waters become contaminated. BP is still trying to stop the leak, which is spewing more than 5-thousand barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, by attempting to drill a new well and use dispersants to break up the oil. Senior members from the Obama Administration will also be inspecting the site today.
London Feed / Beirut Clips / N. Israel Aftermath
August 17, 2006 LONDON: LEBANON BEIRUT CLIPS, NORTHERN ISRAEL AFTERMATH NY2/X78&X76/Slugged: 1145 LDN BEIRUT X78 & 1230 NISRAEL X76 11:43:59 AP-APTN-1030: ++Lebanon Airport Thursday, 17 August 2006 First commerical plane expected in 36 days after airport bombed by Israel SOURCE: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Beirut, 17 August 2006 SHOTLIST: 1. Tarmac at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport 2. Tower, car driving on tarmac 3. Rebuilding work on runway 4. SOUNDBITE (English), Hamdi Shaouk - General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport: "They're working and repairing all the runways and taxiways in order to bring the operation or the airport to a normal situation. Currently we have one part of one airport is operational, on which we are accepting, as of today, the first flights the Middle East Airline is going to land at one o'clock and the second Jordanian one at one-thirty and the British Airways is going to land at four-thirty. This is breaking news almost at this time and we hope that, as of early next week, we will have one full runway operational which would mean that we will have a very good capacity, almost 60 per cent, and within two weeks hopefully we will have three runways operational." 5. Rebuilding work on runway 6. Pan across damaged runway 7. SOUNDBITE (English), Hamdi Shaouk - General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport: "The runway which is receiving the aircraft, or the flights, for the last, you know, almost 20 days, and the commercial aircraft which are landing today for the first time, is the same runway which has been operating since the opening of the airport so it's fully safe, completely safe. The other runways which have been damaged and we are still repairing them, certainly those under repair and hopefully they will be to the same international standard once they are fully repaired. So the airport is fully, completely, One hundred per cent safe and secure." 8. MEA planes 9. SOUNDBITE (English), Hamdi Shaouk - General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport: "That many people are one the waiting list at the moment to come to Lebanon, so we feel that this is a very positive step and most of the airlines have no problems whatsoever about security or safety because they've been living with us for a long time, they know the situation now, they know what we are doing at this stage, they know that the war has stopped so in terms of the airport capability, in terms of safety and security they are very very confident about it." 10. Airport Tarmac STORYLINE: Lebanon is painstakingly trying to return to a semblance of normality amidst the death and destruction wrought by Israel's aerial bombardment and ground offensive. The government says more than 1000, mostly civilians, were killed and billions of (US) dollars damage was done to the country's infrastructure and its citizens homes and businesses, casting a recently rebuilt and rejuvenated economy into meltdown. A Middle East Airlines (MEA) passenger jet was expected to arrive at Beirut airport Thursday, heralding the end of a 36-day Israeli blockade, a company official of the Lebanese national carrier said. The aircraft coming from Amman, Jordan, would mark the first commercial flight to fly to Rafik Hariri International Airport since July 13, when Israeli warplanes gunboats punched holes in the three runways of the country's only international air facility. Two of the runways were damaged and a third has been used by relief flights and special flights. A Royal Jordanian airliner was expected to fly into Beirut later in the afternoon. Although the two flights would mark the first time commercial flights arrived since fighting erupted, the government has made no formal announcement that the airport is officially open. MEA Chairman Mohammed Hout said in a statement the national carrier will give a free ride to passengers who show up for the flight from Amman, and the return from Beirut. The flight was expected to arrive at the airport at 1 p.m. (1000GMT.) Israel imposed an air, naval and land blockade of Lebanon when the conflict began and has said it will continue despite the U.N.-imposed ceasefire on Monday, it says, to prevent Hezbollah rearming. 11:46:49 060817#073 Name: 060817#073 Title: LEBANON 1300bbc Type: FEED-LINES In point: 13:39:05.08 Out point: 13:41:10.23 Duration: 00:02:05.17 Clip Locations BROWSE,PDR A Tape ID 2998 Source BBC Notes Dopesheet TYRE / KIM GHATTAS INTRO:In the middle east, thousands of Lebanese soldiers have begun taking up positions in the south of the country, to police the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah fighters. Troops crossed the strategically important Litani river in early this morning. At the same time, Israeli forces handed their positions to UN peacekeepers. From Tyre, Kim Ghattas sent this report. DATE SHOT: 17/08/06 LOCATIONS: LEBANON IN WORDS: OUT WORDS: ...BBC News, Tyre.'' DURATION: 2'04'' ASTONS: 1'03'' ALIN PELLIGRINI / UNIFIL Force Commander Page: 15 SOURCES: various of Lebanese Army vehicles crossing bridge, on roads, various of damage, troops in vehicles - unsourced - Pan BBC use only troops unloading from boats - unsourced - Pan BBC use only UN vehicles on road - BBC Pelligrini SOT, PTC, people in cafe, vox pop - BBC nightshots of IDF troops - APTN Lebanese troops at roadblock - BBC ======================= 11:49:00 060817#060 Name: 060817#060 Title: LEBANON BEIRUT 2 AP 1130G Type: APTN FEED In point: 12:35:33.16 Out point: 12:40:05.11 Duration: 00:04:31.25 Clip Locations BROWSE,PDR A Tape ID 2996 Source aptn Notes Dopesheet -APTN-1130: +Lebanon Beirut 2 Thursday, 17 August 2006 Airport, cleanup of oil spill, destruction, voxpops, bridge being repaired SOURCE: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Beirut, 17 August 2006 SHOTLIST: ( FIRST RUN 1125 ME EUROPE PRIME NEWS - 17 AUGUST 2006) 1. Wide of Middle East Airlines plane landing on Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport 2. Various of plane moving across tarmac 3. Pilots greeting from cockpit's window 4. Lebanese soldiers 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mohammed Safadi, Lebanese Transport Minister "We have three unexploded missiles still on this runway that we are standing on, further down and really we cannot open the runway until we sort out these missiles. So the army, the experts of the army are trying to sort that out . We don't know how long they need so we are going to the work on the holes that are there and the holes where the unexploded missiles are. But we have to wait till they sort these missiles out so I cannot declared the airport officially open until these missiles are sorted out." 6. Various of work on airport runways 7. Wide of control tower 8. Wide of hall inside airport ( FIRST RUN 1030 NEWS UPDATE - 17 AUGUST 2006) 9. Set up shot of General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport Hamdi Shaouk 10. SOUNDBITE (English), Hamdi Shaouk, General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport: "The runway which is receiving the aircraft, or the flights, for the last, you know, almost 20 days, and the commercial aircraft which are landing today for the first time, is the same runway which has been operating since the opening of the airport so it's fully safe, completely safe. The other runways which have been damaged and we are still repairing them, certainly those under repair and hopefully they will be to the same international standard once they are fully repaired. So the airport is fully, completely, One hundred per cent safe and secure." 11. Middle East Airlines planes ( FIRST RUN 0930 AMERICAS PRIME NEWS - 17 AUGUST 2006) 12. Wide shot, polluted beach in Beirut 13. Various of activists cleaning beach 14. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) George Eid, Green Line Activist: "We're trying to clean the beach from pollution. The work now is a bit primitive but we're doing as much as we can to clean it. The problem is the oil is still coming in from the sea, and we have a small capacity to deal with it. But as you can see, we brought the booms to absorb the incoming oil, and the guys are taking away the upper layer of the sand which the oil mostly infiltrates." 15. Various of activists cleaning beach 16. Various of damaged Sfeir bridge in Beirut's southern suburbs 17. Various of work to repair bridge 18. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Vox Pop, no name given "Hopefully, it will take about a week to have it (bridge) open for the people, to help people avoid lots of traffic jams." 19. Various of destruction in the area STORYLINE: Lebanon is painstakingly trying to return to a semblance of normality amidst the death and destruction wrought by Israel's aerial bombardment and ground offensive. The government says more than 1000 people, mostly civilians, were killed and billions of (US) dollars damage was done to the country's infrastructure and its citizens homes and businesses, casting a recently rebuilt and rejuvenated economy into meltdown. A Middle East Airlines (MEA) passenger jet arrived at Beirut airport on Thursday, heralding the end of a 36-day Israeli blockade. The aircraft coming from Amman, Jordan, marked the first commercial flight to fly to Rafik Hariri International Airport since July 13, when Israeli warplanes gunboats punched holes in the three runways of the country's only international air facility. Two of the runways were damaged and a third has been used by relief flights and special flights. A Royal Jordanian airliner was also expected to fly into Beirut later in the afternoon. Although the two flights would mark the first time commercial flights arrived since fighting erupted, the government has made no formal announcement that the airport is officially open. Lebanese Transport Minister Mohammed Safadi said he was unable to declare the airport officially open until three remaining unexploded missiles still on one of the runways had been dealt with. Nevertheless, Hamdi Shaouk, General Manager of civilian airlines at Beirut Airport said the airport was "one hundred per cent safe and secure". Israel imposed an air, naval and land blockade of Lebanon when the conflict began and has said it will continue despite the UN-imposed ceasefire on Monday, it says, to prevent Hezbollah rearming. Meanwhile on Thursday , Lebanese environmental groups began the difficult task of cleaning parts of Beirut's beaches polluted by an oil spill after Israel bombed Jiyeh power station last month. More than 4.6 (m) million gallons of oil - equivalent to at least 110-thousand barrels - poured into the Mediterranean Sea when Israeli bombs hit the power facility, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Beirut, on July 16. Volunteers from 'Green Line', a Lebanese non-governmental organisation,used shovels and buckets to clear the Ramly Al-Baida beach in the western side of the capital. Local Green Line activist George Eid described the operation as "a bit primitive" but said the volunteers were doing as much as they could to clean the beaches The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) humanitarian arm said on Wednesday it would provide 200-thousand US dollars to help clean up the oil slick that has polluted 150 kilometres (90 miles) of shoreline. Lebanese Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf said last week his country will take legal action for "this incredible crime," but did not give any further details. Beirut is slowly regaining its normal pace and some work has begun to rebuild the infrastructure in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital devastated by a month of Israeli bombing. A resident, watching a team repairing the Sfeir bridge, said that hopefully it would be functional within a week. Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of Hezbollah, but also a heavily populated civilian area, suffered near-daily heavy Israeli airstrikes that caused numerous deaths until a ceasefire was achieved earlier this week. Hezbollah has already launched a campaign to help those whose homes were destroyed or damaged nationwide. 11:56:?? 060817#027 Name: 060817#027 Title: LEBANON BEIRUT AP 0830G Type: APTN FEED In point: 09:38:46.25 Out point: 09:41:38.04 Duration: 00:02:51.09 Clip Locations BROWSE,PDR A Tape ID 2992 Source APTN Notes Dopesheet APTN-0830: ++Lebanon Beirut Thursday, 17 August 2006 Street scenes, voxpops, bridges being repaired, cleanup of oil spill SOURCE: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Beirut, 17 August 2006 SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot, polluted beach in Beirut 2. Green Line activists carrying oil booms and placing them on beach 3. activists cleaning beach 4. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) George Eid, Green Line Activist: "We're trying to clean the beach from pollution. The work now is a bit primitive but we're doing as much as we can to clean it. The problem is the oil is still coming in from the sea, and we have a small capacity to deal with it. But as you can see, we brought the booms to absorb the incoming oil, and the guys are taking away the upper layer of the sand which the oil mostly infiltrates." 5. activists cleaning beach 6. Traffic in southern Beirut 7. Newspaper stand 8. Close up of newspaper headlines 9. Man reading newspaper 10. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Vox Pop, no name given "It's a very good step (Lebanese soldiers deploying on southern Lebanon) as a first initiative. And as Lebanese, we support it. This should've happened years ago, but the circumstances didn't allow it. But now, everyone has agreed to it, in principle." 11. damaged Sfeir bridge in Beirut's southern suburbs 12. work to repair bridge 13. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Vox Pop, no name given "Hopefully, it will take about a week to have it (bridge) open for the people, to help people avoid lots of traffic jams." 13. destruction in the area STORYLINE: Lebanese environmental groups began on Thursday the difficult task of cleaning parts of Beirut's beaches polluted by an oil spill after Israel bombed Jiyeh power station last month. More than 4.6 (m) million gallons of oil - equivalent to at least 110-thousand barrels - poured into the Mediterranean Sea when Israeli bombs hit the power facility, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Beirut, on July 16. Volunteers from 'Green Line', a Lebanese non-governmental organisation,used shovels and buckets to clear the Ramly Al-Baida beach in the western side of the capital. Local Green Line activist George Eid described the technique as "a bit primitive" but said the volunteers were doing as much as they could to clean the beaches The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) humanitarian arm said on Wednesday it would provide 200-thousand US dollars to help clean up the oil slick that has polluted 150 kilometres (90 miles) of shoreline. Lebanese Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf said last week his country will take legal action for "this incredible crime," but did not give any further details. Efforts to clean up the spill have previously been blocked by the Israeli naval blockade. Meanwhile some Beirutis reacted to the deployment of Lebanese troops south of the Litani River, a key provision of the UN ceasefire plan that ended fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. The deployment marks the first time Lebanon's national army moved in force to a region that was held by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the 1970s, occupied by Israel in its self-proclaimed "security zone" from 1982-2000 along with its then ally and proxy army the South Lebanese Army (SLA) , and by Hezbollah since Israel's military withdrawal from the area in 2000. "It's a very good step as a first initiative. And as Lebanese, we support it. This should've happened years ago, but the circumstances didn't allow it", said one man. Another resident, watching a team repairing the Sfeir bridge, said that hopefully it would be functional within a week. Beirut is slowly regaining its normal pace and some work has begun to rebuild the infrastructure in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital devastated by a month of Israeli bombing. Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of Hezbollah, but also a heavily populated civilian area, suffered near-daily heavy Israeli airstrikes that caused numerous deaths until a ceasefire was achieved earlier this week. Slugged: 1230 NISRAEL X76 12:33:21 060817#069 Name: 060817#069 Title: ISRAEL NORTH AFTERMATH APTN 1230G Type: APTN FEED In point: 13:32:22.25 Out point: 13:34:56.05 Duration: 00:02:33.10 Clip Locations PDR A Tape ID 3000 Source APTN Notes Dopesheet AP-APTN-1230: ++NIsrael Aftermath Thursday, 17 August 2006 Israeli police, army searching for mortars and rockets, EU's Michel visits hospital SOURCE: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Kiryat Shemona/ Haifa, 17 August 2006 SHOTLIST Area around Kiryat Shmona, north Israel 1. Female Israeli soldiers standing in an open filed 2. Medium of female Israeli soldiers looking for bombs and rockets remains in an open field 3. Two soldiers checking something on ground 4. Wide of female soldiers running for cover after siren sounds, zoom to closer 5. Policeman on horse looking for mortars or rocket remnants in the woods 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Micky Rozenfeld, Israeli police spokesman: "There are a large number of unexploded rockets and Katyushas that landed in the north of Israel. We know about 3,970 that landed here in the north. At the moment our police operations that is taking place here is to try and find those Katyusha rockets that haven't exploded, for us and for the civilians that will be walking about in the north, it is a great danger to their safety." 7. Policeman from the bomb unit riding on vehicle in the woods, zoom into casing of shell strapped to front 8. Rozenfeld leaning forward to check a rocket remains Haifa, north Israel 9. EU Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Louis Michel, entering Rambam hospital 10. Michel standing next to a wounded soldier's bed, pan to wounded soldier 11. Civilian injured in rocket attack 12. Doctor explaining the civilian injuries to Michel 13. SOUNDBITE (English) Louis Michel, EU Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner: "I think the international community is very very concerned and very committed this time, so it can make a very strong pressure and it can bring a new room in order to have a negotiated solution. I want to believe that this time we will go to a definite solution." 14. Michel arriving to building hit by rockets 15. Damaged building 16. Close-up of Michel's face as he looks at building 17. Michel meeting Yona Yahav, mayor of Haifa 18. Medium of wounded civilian 19. Michel leaving city hall of Haifa STORYLINE: Israeli police and the army conducted an operation searching for remnants of dropped mortar shells and rockets on Thursday in an open field near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, which was heavily hit in Hezbollah's barrage during the 34-day conflict. As they were scouring the field a siren went off, and the soldiers ran for cover. The siren turned out to be a malfunctioning of the alarm system in north Israel. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rozenfeld said the search for unexploded mortar shells and rockets would continue for a few days. "Those Katyusha rockets that haven't exploded, for us and for the civilians that will be walking about in the north, it is a great danger to their safety," he explained. More than half a Kiryat Shmona's population fled during the final weeks of the conflict. More than 700 Hezbollah rockets hit the town. Northern Israel was hit by nearly 4,000 Hezbollah rockets during 34 days of a sustained barrage that the Israeli army was powerless to halt. Meanwhile, Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, visited north Israel on Thursday following a visit to Beirut where he met government members and aid workers. He met wounded soldiers and civilians in the Rambam hospital in Haifa, as well as meeting with Haifa's mayor, Yona Yahav and other Israeli civilians wounded in the rocket attacks. Speaking at the hospital, Michel was hopeful about the future of the ceasefire. He said that the international community was "very concerned and very committed" to finding a long-lasting "a negotiated solution." He also toured a building destroyed by Hezbollah rocket fire.
BP GULF OIL SPILL / FLYOVER WITH JINDAL AND PRESSER
FTG FOR COVERAGE OF THE BRITISH PETROLEUM COMPANY (BP) OIL RIG EXPLOSION / DISASTER / MASSIVE OIL SPILL AND THE CONTINUING EFFORTS TO CLEANUP THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO 16:00:22 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:00:36 HELICOPTER FLYING NEW ANGLE 16:00:50 HELICOPTER FLYING CLOSER SHOT 16:01:41 MARSHES WITH RIVER GOING THROUGH IT PAN TO HELICOPTYER FLYING 16:02:07 OPEN WATER 16:02:54 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:04:06 HELICOPTER OVER MARHLAND 16:04:15 MARSHLAND 16:04:43 HELICOPTER SHADOW ON WATER 16:04:51 BOATS SKIMMING MARSHLAND LAYING BOOM 16:05:37 HELICOPTER WITH BOAT /RIG IN THE BACKGROUND 16:05:58 RIG 16:06:10 SAND BARRIER WITH WORKERS ON IT 16:06:31 ZI ON ISLAnD/SAND BARIER 16:07:25 JINDAL ON BEACH WITH NUNGESSER AND BLAD GUY WITH BULLDOZERS 16:07:51 HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQPMNT AND WORKERS ON BERM ZO TO PORTAPOTIES AND SHEDS 16:08:11 PAN TO JINDAL AND NUNGESSER 16:08:21 DOZER ON BEACH 16:08:27 Bald guy: your gonna see along the way the island doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:08:44 this is our outer barrier defense the more oil out here the less that will get into the marshes 16:09:03 this is a multi parish defnse line that wasnt here 2 weeks ago 16:09:18 everytime we have an influx of tarballs we fix it up 16:09:31 JINDAL this was open water, we have no dredged 1.8 cubic yards of material 16:09:48 in 1 day they picked up 5000 pounds of oil and oily debri that would have been in the wetlands 16:10:07 the berm is doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:10:18 weve got 8 dredges 16:10:30 were moving dredge materials twice 16:10:40 dredging far from berms moving those in 16:10:53 we'll bring in hopped dredges and start building land 16:11:08 we created of 3 miles of land that was the first sand berm 16:11:21 16:11:24 weve done land bridges dropped 40 mjillion pounds of sand 16:11:35 oil gets passed booms and skimmers the berms catch it 16:11:47 weve collected oil on both sides of teh berm 16:11:57 it captures sub sea oil as well 16:12:15 tehse work theyve captured the oil, not a silver bullet but an important line of defense 16:12:38 PIPE WITH JINDAL 16:12:49 JINDAL when we leave here you can sea its about two miles away well go see where it comes out 16:13:11 JINDAL WALKING BY PIPE 16:13:20 JINDAL 30% were using to replace material we borrowed 16:13:47 UNUSED EMPTY PIPE ON BERM PAN TO JINDAL AND CREW WALKING 16:14:07 JINDAL WALKING ON SAND 16:14:40 JINDAL last time we were here that was an empty 16:15:00 MACHINE MOVING SAND 16:15:21 JINDAL the contracters have said they dont want us beyond this poin case they are activly dredging 16:15:40 a couple weeks ago this all open water 16:15:57 SOMETHING GUSHING OUT OF PIPE END 16:16:18 WORKERS ON SAND MOUNDS 16:16:29 JINDAL you can see the Ppipe puming the sediment 16:16:42 a couple a weeks ago that pipe was idle we were frusturated because federal govt said we couldnt do it 16:17:01 trhis was all open water 16:17:13 in just one day the national guard picked up 500 pounds of oil debri 16:17:26 the berm is doing exactly what its intended to do 16:17:34 these work 24/7 dont get shut down when storm comes 16:17:48 captyure sub sea oil 16:17:56 were now using dredging capacity to replace materials we took 16:18:11 we haev 8 dredges 2 cutterhead 6 hopper 16:18:24 on the southern segment were gonna transport sedemnt int 2 steps moving with machiens and then by barge 16:18:51 well start building land at a much faster rate 16:19:09 this shows taht it works the berms are doing their jobs 16:19:18 they are important line of defense combiend with booms and skimmers 16:19:29 we created 3 miles before we did this one and it works 16:19:48 the oil that gets passed boom gets trapped by these berms 16:20:14 these ridges are just where they temporarily store the sediment coming out of the pipe 16:20:34 were off craigs coast 16:20:39 this sand berm protects multiple parish 16:20:50 every costal parish president endorses this but frusturated we only have permits for 6 out of 24 permits 16:21:15 150 vessels working 24/7 16:21:30 these sand berms provide short term benefit but are part of multiyear strategy to protect our coach 16:22:08 CRAIG: this activity is part of master plan of ways to fight oil 16:22:27 what were doing is worthwhile it continues to be overwhelming supportive of what this berm can do 16:22:44 waling up and down this island there is wildlife, were creating adittional land for more wildlife, its a win-win no negatives 16:23:19 NUSSENGER This is what Louisiana needs to keep oil from marshlands in shorterm but also great as part of long term 16:23:49 that island is being portected fromd disappearing next year 16:24:06 for a few people to say its doing more harm than good is ridiculous 16:24:16 all we did was modify the plan to have mx bang for our buck 16:24:34 once seidment is built up theyll know down ridges 16:24:49 come out here with us critics but to come here take pictures and take cheap shots is unfortunate 16:25:06 weve shown where these islands and many more ridges build back 16:25:16 these have 10 times greater impact moving freshwater sout h 16:25:31 only way to keep salt outta marshes is what were standing on 16:25:45 we have something finally to keep out oil and salt water 16:25:55 its a great day for louisiana 16:26:01 JINDAL originally these islands were an unbroken chain of land 16:26:13 were restoring what has been eroded over time 16:26:21 we lose 300ft a yead due to erosion 16:26:33 were restoring land that was here before erosion 16:26:59 NUNGESSER: for the first tiem someone said weere not on schedule cause of storms 16:27:18 its not out being on schedule its about whether they work 16:27:27 issue the other permits let us finish the job and save our wetland 16:27:41 PIPE SPWEING SEDIMENT ONTO SANDBERM 16:27:55 DOZER LIFTING SAND 16:28:13 PEOPLE STANDING AROUND ON SAND BERM 16:28:33 WORKERS WALKING ON SAND PUKILES 16:28:49 CU OF WORKERS STANDING ON SAND PILES 16:29:04 CU OF WORKERS POINTING 16:29:20 POOL OF WATER SUROUNDED BY SAND PAN TO PIPE 16:29:35 DOZER IN THE SHALLOW WATER 16:30:01 PIPE AND SAND 16:30:13 JINDAL everything you behind us will be solid land in 24 hours thats how fast theyre working 16:30:41 this is just one sand berm 16:30:48 16:30:54 it has worked time and time again berms are out 24/7 they stop 16:31:17 most sensitive wetlands are nursey for the gulf and this berm is protecting them 16:31:34 Q: Do you share optomisim about cap 16:31:43 JINDAL we want and need them to be succesful in capping 16:31:54 even if they can contain oil flow they need tow atch 48 horus to make sure its successful 16:32:11 here in LOuisiana we hope for the best and prepare for the worst 16:32:23 taht would be great but even if they cap it theres still millions of gallons of oil in the water coming to our caost for months 16:32:49 Q: Are you getting support from Federal govt 16:32:58 J: BP has agreed to pay we've tried to bring feds out here to see how well its working 16:33:19 you can see it working just come out here 16:33:31 the proof is to come walk on this land 16:33:39 Q:what keeping you up at night 16:33:46 J: we outlined a four part initiative to resotr ethis state 16:33:59 were losing 30 miles off our coast every year 16:34:11 we need to protect our water 16:34:21 we need to make sure they clean up wetlands and coast and use lousianans to clean our coast 16:34:39 we dont people saying mission accomplished too soon 16:34:49 SAND PILE 16:36:00 PEOPLE ON BEACH 16:36:36 SEDIMENT SPEWING OUT OF PIPE PAN TO MACHINE LIFTING SAND 16:37:16 JINDAL TALKING TO REPORTERS 16:37:25 LONE BIRD WALKING ON NEWLY FORMED LAND 16:38:06 PIPELINE 16:38:09 RED THING AT TEH END OF PIPE LEAKING WATER 16:38:46 CU WATER DRIPPING ON RED LEDGE 16:39:00 LEAKY RED DEVICES AT END OF PIPE 16:39:16 SHELLS AND DEBRI ON BERM PICKED UP BY CRAIG 16:39:33 OILY WOOD ON BEACH 16:39:41 PIPE AND COPTER ON BERM 16:39:58 OILY DEBRI ON BERM 16:40:13 BOATS ON TEH WATER ZOOM OUT TO BERM 16:40:28 AERIAL OF BIRD FLYING 16:40:42 AERIAL OF BERM 16:41:40 MORE AERIAL OF BERM 16:43:51 INSIDE OF HELICOPTER 16:44:51 JINDAL WALKING UP TO PODIUM 16:45:03 JINDAL: there were 2 great sites to sea the amount of land tehyd creted and seeing the pipes worksing 16:45:28 the core made them stop for ovver a week 16:45:35 we brought back pictures 16:45:41 you can see land being created and tarballs 16:45:49 national guard picked up over 500lbs of debris 16:46:02 there are 8 dredges working 16:46:10 scows help to transport dredge material 16:46:20 scows are barges 16:46:27 california dredge keeps bringing dredge materials to berm today 16:46:47 the califorrnia dredge dredges material onto this berm 16:46:59 this was open water before we started dredging 16:47:08 they do it through pripes 16:47:15 in other areas we ahve to move stuff twic 16:47:31 on the west side of the river 8000000cubic yards arent being seen because we ahvent moved it yet 16:48:01 were trying to be safe and dredge far away from fragile ecosystems 16:48:13 cutterhead california is taking sand from highes pioint and depsiting it on e4 16:48:32 the first week of dredging we borrowed from other stuff 16:48:53 about 30% of our resources to that 16:49:06 tthis is an impressive structure it hasnt washed away 16:49:19 once we ramp up 16:49:27 well have 150 support vessels working on multipe segments 16:49:37 were working ont hem simultaneously to get them doen as quicly as possible 16:49:50 largest most intense dredging process in our nations history 16:50:01 weve had over 400 miles of oily coastline 16:50:16 sand berms are a line of defense to fight oil miles away from short 16:50:29 land bridge do work 16:50:46 oil has pooled at this landbridge 16:50:52 passes boom and skimmers but stops at land brige 16:51:10 oil pools at the berms stopping it from wetlands 16:51:28 berms are working 16:51:31 coastguard BP has already recommended that oil collected on the shore is more effective than booming 16:52:00 sand berms are creating oen more line of defense for wetlands 16:52:11 we dredged ove 2 million cubic yards ine ast grand terroky 16:52:22 reason this is so important we dont want to see oil on our coast 16:52:34 wed rather see this oil on an oily berm than in the frshwater wetlands 16:52:51 during alex skimemrs and booms were innefective 16:53:00 sand berms work 24/7 capturing oil both on and below the surface 16:53:16 louisiana national guard has filled 14 gaps 16:53:35 over 42 million lbs of sand to refill those gaps 16:53:47 these tactics are working to fight oil off the coast 16:54:01 no silver bullet but combo of boom skimmers and other strategies will keep oil out of these wetlands 16:54:23 yesterday we outlined four initiatives to revitalize our coast 16:54:37 making sure waters clean 16:54:45 yesterday wildlife and fisheries commission announce 86% of areas for rec fishing were opened 16:55:13 want people to exercise caution 16:55:24 respect cleanup and removal activities 16:55:31 use common sense 16:55:41 rec fishing will be allowed but there are deliniated areas 16:56:05 commercial fishing we would like to see open but FDA has import role to play 16:56:20 we sent them proposed plan 16:56:28 waiting on FDA to look out our plan 16:56:40 we want to open commercial fishing where it is safe 16:56:54 still have a plan pending with BP 5 year resource plan 20 year seafood testing plan 16:57:14 good news is rec fishers can now go out in previously closed areas 16:57:36 national gauard reinforced two land bridges 16:58:34 this was newest land as part st bernard parish 16:58:46 we need naming contest for new piece of land 16:58:58 great to see this all working and new land being built 16:59:08 1 more line of defense 16:59:13 CRAIG we continued to identify challenges 16:59:23 today we will celebrate its success 16:59:30 chandelier island project shows the fed govt support can go along way 16:59:43 this is an encouraging stage for our defense and offensive support agains oil support 17:00:00 we are appreciative of this type of activity 17:00:11 we do want to celebrate this success 17:00:19 this island
BP GULF OIL SPILL / MUIR FEED P1
FTG FOR COVERAGE OF THE BRITISH PETROLEUM COMPANY (BP) OIL RIG EXPLOSION / DISASTER / MASSIVE OIL SPILL AND THE CONTINUING EFFORTS TO CLEANUP THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO 16:00:22 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:00:36 HELICOPTER FLYING NEW ANGLE 16:00:50 HELICOPTER FLYING CLOSER SHOT 16:01:41 MARSHES WITH RIVER GOING THROUGH IT PAN TO HELICOPTYER FLYING 16:02:07 OPEN WATER 16:02:54 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:04:06 HELICOPTER OVER MARHLAND 16:04:15 MARSHLAND 16:04:43 HELICOPTER SHADOW ON WATER 16:04:51 BOATS SKIMMING MARSHLAND LAYING BOOM 16:05:37 HELICOPTER WITH BOAT /RIG IN THE BACKGROUND 16:05:58 RIG 16:06:10 SAND BARRIER WITH WORKERS ON IT 16:06:31 ZI ON ISLAnD/SAND BARIER 16:07:25 JINDAL ON BEACH WITH NUNGESSER AND BLAD GUY WITH BULLDOZERS 16:07:51 HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQPMNT AND WORKERS ON BERM ZO TO PORTAPOTIES AND SHEDS 16:08:11 PAN TO JINDAL AND NUNGESSER 16:08:21 DOZER ON BEACH 16:08:27 Bald guy: your gonna see along the way the island doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:08:44 this is our outer barrier defense the more oil out here the less that will get into the marshes 16:09:03 this is a multi parish defnse line that wasnt here 2 weeks ago 16:09:18 everytime we have an influx of tarballs we fix it up 16:09:31 JINDAL this was open water, we have no dredged 1.8 cubic yards of material 16:09:48 in 1 day they picked up 5000 pounds of oil and oily debri that would have been in the wetlands 16:10:07 the berm is doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:10:18 weve got 8 dredges 16:10:30 were moving dredge materials twice 16:10:40 dredging far from berms moving those in 16:10:53 we'll bring in hopped dredges and start building land 16:11:08 we created of 3 miles of land that was the first sand berm 16:11:21 16:11:24 weve done land bridges dropped 40 mjillion pounds of sand 16:11:35 oil gets passed booms and skimmers the berms catch it 16:11:47 weve collected oil on both sides of teh berm 16:11:57 it captures sub sea oil as well 16:12:15 tehse work theyve captured the oil, not a silver bullet but an important line of defense 16:12:38 PIPE WITH JINDAL 16:12:49 JINDAL when we leave here you can sea its about two miles away well go see where it comes out 16:13:11 JINDAL WALKING BY PIPE 16:13:20 JINDAL 30% were using to replace material we borrowed 16:13:47 UNUSED EMPTY PIPE ON BERM PAN TO JINDAL AND CREW WALKING 16:14:07 JINDAL WALKING ON SAND 16:14:40 JINDAL last time we were here that was an empty 16:15:00 MACHINE MOVING SAND 16:15:21 JINDAL the contracters have said they dont want us beyond this poin case they are activly dredging 16:15:40 a couple weeks ago this all open water 16:15:57 SOMETHING GUSHING OUT OF PIPE END 16:16:18 WORKERS ON SAND MOUNDS 16:16:29 JINDAL you can see the Ppipe puming the sediment 16:16:42 a couple a weeks ago that pipe was idle we were frusturated because federal govt said we couldnt do it 16:17:01 trhis was all open water 16:17:13 in just one day the national guard picked up 500 pounds of oil debri 16:17:26 the berm is doing exactly what its intended to do 16:17:34 these work 24/7 dont get shut down when storm comes 16:17:48 captyure sub sea oil 16:17:56 were now using dredging capacity to replace materials we took 16:18:11 we haev 8 dredges 2 cutterhead 6 hopper 16:18:24 on the southern segment were gonna transport sedemnt int 2 steps moving with machiens and then by barge 16:18:51 well start building land at a much faster rate 16:19:09 this shows taht it works the berms are doing their jobs 16:19:18 they are important line of defense combiend with booms and skimmers 16:19:29 we created 3 miles before we did this one and it works 16:19:48 the oil that gets passed boom gets trapped by these berms 16:20:14 these ridges are just where they temporarily store the sediment coming out of the pipe 16:20:34 were off craigs coast 16:20:39 this sand berm protects multiple parish 16:20:50 every costal parish president endorses this but frusturated we only have permits for 6 out of 24 permits 16:21:15 150 vessels working 24/7 16:21:30 these sand berms provide short term benefit but are part of multiyear strategy to protect our coach 16:22:08 CRAIG: this activity is part of master plan of ways to fight oil 16:22:27 what were doing is worthwhile it continues to be overwhelming supportive of what this berm can do 16:22:44 waling up and down this island there is wildlife, were creating adittional land for more wildlife, its a win-win no negatives 16:23:19 NUSSENGER This is what Louisiana needs to keep oil from marshlands in shorterm but also great as part of long term 16:23:49 that island is being portected fromd disappearing next year 16:24:06 for a few people to say its doing more harm than good is ridiculous 16:24:16 all we did was modify the plan to have mx bang for our buck 16:24:34 once seidment is built up theyll know down ridges 16:24:49 come out here with us critics but to come here take pictures and take cheap shots is unfortunate 16:25:06 weve shown where these islands and many more ridges build back 16:25:16 these have 10 times greater impact moving freshwater sout h 16:25:31 only way to keep salt outta marshes is what were standing on 16:25:45 we have something finally to keep out oil and salt water 16:25:55 its a great day for louisiana 16:26:01 JINDAL originally these islands were an unbroken chain of land 16:26:13 were restoring what has been eroded over time 16:26:21 we lose 300ft a yead due to erosion 16:26:33 were restoring land that was here before erosion 16:26:59 NUNGESSER: for the first tiem someone said weere not on schedule cause of storms 16:27:18 its not out being on schedule its about whether they work 16:27:27 issue the other permits let us finish the job and save our wetland 16:27:41 PIPE SPWEING SEDIMENT ONTO SANDBERM 16:27:55 DOZER LIFTING SAND 16:28:13 PEOPLE STANDING AROUND ON SAND BERM 16:28:33 WORKERS WALKING ON SAND PUKILES 16:28:49 CU OF WORKERS STANDING ON SAND PILES 16:29:04 CU OF WORKERS POINTING 16:29:20 POOL OF WATER SUROUNDED BY SAND PAN TO PIPE 16:29:35 DOZER IN THE SHALLOW WATER 16:30:01 PIPE AND SAND 16:30:13 JINDAL everything you behind us will be solid land in 24 hours thats how fast theyre working 16:30:41 this is just one sand berm 16:30:48 16:30:54 it has worked time and time again berms are out 24/7 they stop 16:31:17 most sensitive wetlands are nursey for the gulf and this berm is protecting them 16:31:34 Q: Do you share optomisim about cap 16:31:43 JINDAL we want and need them to be succesful in capping 16:31:54 even if they can contain oil flow they need tow atch 48 horus to make sure its successful 16:32:11 here in LOuisiana we hope for the best and prepare for the worst 16:32:23 taht would be great but even if they cap it theres still millions of gallons of oil in the water coming to our caost for months 16:32:49 Q: Are you getting support from Federal govt 16:32:58 J: BP has agreed to pay we've tried to bring feds out here to see how well its working 16:33:19 you can see it working just come out here 16:33:31 the proof is to come walk on this land 16:33:39 Q:what keeping you up at night 16:33:46 J: we outlined a four part initiative to resotr ethis state 16:33:59 were losing 30 miles off our coast every year 16:34:11 we need to protect our water 16:34:21 we need to make sure they clean up wetlands and coast and use lousianans to clean our coast 16:34:39 we dont people saying mission accomplished too soon 16:34:49 SAND PILE 16:36:00 PEOPLE ON BEACH 16:36:36 SEDIMENT SPEWING OUT OF PIPE PAN TO MACHINE LIFTING SAND 16:37:16 JINDAL TALKING TO REPORTERS 16:37:25 LONE BIRD WALKING ON NEWLY FORMED LAND 16:38:06 PIPELINE 16:38:09 RED THING AT TEH END OF PIPE LEAKING WATER 16:38:46 CU WATER DRIPPING ON RED LEDGE 16:39:00 LEAKY RED DEVICES AT END OF PIPE 16:39:16 SHELLS AND DEBRI ON BERM PICKED UP BY CRAIG 16:39:33 OILY WOOD ON BEACH 16:39:41 PIPE AND COPTER ON BERM 16:39:58 OILY DEBRI ON BERM 16:40:13 BOATS ON TEH WATER ZOOM OUT TO BERM 16:40:28 AERIAL OF BIRD FLYING 16:40:42 AERIAL OF BERM 16:41:40 MORE AERIAL OF BERM 16:43:51 INSIDE OF HELICOPTER 16:44:51 JINDAL WALKING UP TO PODIUM 16:45:03 JINDAL: there were 2 great sites to sea the amount of land tehyd creted and seeing the pipes worksing 16:45:28 the core made them stop for ovver a week 16:45:35 we brought back pictures 16:45:41 you can see land being created and tarballs 16:45:49 national guard picked up over 500lbs of debris 16:46:02 there are 8 dredges working 16:46:10 scows help to transport dredge material 16:46:20 scows are barges 16:46:27 california dredge keeps bringing dredge materials to berm today 16:46:47 the califorrnia dredge dredges material onto this berm 16:46:59 this was open water before we started dredging 16:47:08 they do it through pripes 16:47:15 in other areas we ahve to move stuff twic 16:47:31 on the west side of the river 8000000cubic yards arent being seen because we ahvent moved it yet 16:48:01 were trying to be safe and dredge far away from fragile ecosystems 16:48:13 cutterhead california is taking sand from highes pioint and depsiting it on e4 16:48:32 the first week of dredging we borrowed from other stuff 16:48:53 about 30% of our resources to that 16:49:06 tthis is an impressive structure it hasnt washed away 16:49:19 once we ramp up 16:49:27 well have 150 support vessels working on multipe segments 16:49:37 were working ont hem simultaneously to get them doen as quicly as possible 16:49:50 largest most intense dredging process in our nations history 16:50:01 weve had over 400 miles of oily coastline 16:50:16 sand berms are a line of defense to fight oil miles away from short 16:50:29 land bridge do work 16:50:46 oil has pooled at this landbridge 16:50:52 passes boom and skimmers but stops at land brige 16:51:10 oil pools at the berms stopping it from wetlands 16:51:28 berms are working 16:51:31 coastguard BP has already recommended that oil collected on the shore is more effective than booming 16:52:00 sand berms are creating oen more line of defense for wetlands 16:52:11 we dredged ove 2 million cubic yards ine ast grand terroky 16:52:22 reason this is so important we dont want to see oil on our coast 16:52:34 wed rather see this oil on an oily berm than in the frshwater wetlands 16:52:51 during alex skimemrs and booms were innefective 16:53:00 sand berms work 24/7 capturing oil both on and below the surface 16:53:16 louisiana national guard has filled 14 gaps 16:53:35 over 42 million lbs of sand to refill those gaps 16:53:47 these tactics are working to fight oil off the coast 16:54:01 no silver bullet but combo of boom skimmers and other strategies will keep oil out of these wetlands 16:54:23 yesterday we outlined four initiatives to revitalize our coast 16:54:37 making sure waters clean 16:54:45 yesterday wildlife and fisheries commission announce 86% of areas for rec fishing were opened 16:55:13 want people to exercise caution 16:55:24 respect cleanup and removal activities 16:55:31 use common sense 16:55:41 rec fishing will be allowed but there are deliniated areas 16:56:05 commercial fishing we would like to see open but FDA has import role to play 16:56:20 we sent them proposed plan 16:56:28 waiting on FDA to look out our plan 16:56:40 we want to open commercial fishing where it is safe 16:56:54 still have a plan pending with BP 5 year resource plan 20 year seafood testing plan 16:57:14 good news is rec fishers can now go out in previously closed areas 16:57:36 national gauard reinforced two land bridges 16:58:34 this was newest land as part st bernard parish 16:58:46 we need naming contest for new piece of land 16:58:58 great to see this all working and new land being built 16:59:08 1 more line of defense 16:59:13 CRAIG we continued to identify challenges 16:59:23 today we will celebrate its success 16:59:30 chandelier island project shows the fed govt support can go along way 16:59:43 this is an encouraging stage for our defense and offensive support agains oil support 17:00:00 we are appreciative of this type of activity 17:00:11 we do want to celebrate this success 17:00:19 this island
BP GULF OIL SPILL / MUIR FEED P2
FTG FOR COVERAGE OF THE BRITISH PETROLEUM COMPANY (BP) OIL RIG EXPLOSION / DISASTER / MASSIVE OIL SPILL AND THE CONTINUING EFFORTS TO CLEANUP THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO 16:00:22 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:00:36 HELICOPTER FLYING NEW ANGLE 16:00:50 HELICOPTER FLYING CLOSER SHOT 16:01:41 MARSHES WITH RIVER GOING THROUGH IT PAN TO HELICOPTYER FLYING 16:02:07 OPEN WATER 16:02:54 HELICOPTER FLYING 16:04:06 HELICOPTER OVER MARHLAND 16:04:15 MARSHLAND 16:04:43 HELICOPTER SHADOW ON WATER 16:04:51 BOATS SKIMMING MARSHLAND LAYING BOOM 16:05:37 HELICOPTER WITH BOAT /RIG IN THE BACKGROUND 16:05:58 RIG 16:06:10 SAND BARRIER WITH WORKERS ON IT 16:06:31 ZI ON ISLAnD/SAND BARIER 16:07:25 JINDAL ON BEACH WITH NUNGESSER AND BLAD GUY WITH BULLDOZERS 16:07:51 HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQPMNT AND WORKERS ON BERM ZO TO PORTAPOTIES AND SHEDS 16:08:11 PAN TO JINDAL AND NUNGESSER 16:08:21 DOZER ON BEACH 16:08:27 Bald guy: your gonna see along the way the island doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:08:44 this is our outer barrier defense the more oil out here the less that will get into the marshes 16:09:03 this is a multi parish defnse line that wasnt here 2 weeks ago 16:09:18 everytime we have an influx of tarballs we fix it up 16:09:31 JINDAL this was open water, we have no dredged 1.8 cubic yards of material 16:09:48 in 1 day they picked up 5000 pounds of oil and oily debri that would have been in the wetlands 16:10:07 the berm is doing exactly what its supposed to do 16:10:18 weve got 8 dredges 16:10:30 were moving dredge materials twice 16:10:40 dredging far from berms moving those in 16:10:53 we'll bring in hopped dredges and start building land 16:11:08 we created of 3 miles of land that was the first sand berm 16:11:21 16:11:24 weve done land bridges dropped 40 mjillion pounds of sand 16:11:35 oil gets passed booms and skimmers the berms catch it 16:11:47 weve collected oil on both sides of teh berm 16:11:57 it captures sub sea oil as well 16:12:15 tehse work theyve captured the oil, not a silver bullet but an important line of defense 16:12:38 PIPE WITH JINDAL 16:12:49 JINDAL when we leave here you can sea its about two miles away well go see where it comes out 16:13:11 JINDAL WALKING BY PIPE 16:13:20 JINDAL 30% were using to replace material we borrowed 16:13:47 UNUSED EMPTY PIPE ON BERM PAN TO JINDAL AND CREW WALKING 16:14:07 JINDAL WALKING ON SAND 16:14:40 JINDAL last time we were here that was an empty 16:15:00 MACHINE MOVING SAND 16:15:21 JINDAL the contracters have said they dont want us beyond this poin case they are activly dredging 16:15:40 a couple weeks ago this all open water 16:15:57 SOMETHING GUSHING OUT OF PIPE END 16:16:18 WORKERS ON SAND MOUNDS 16:16:29 JINDAL you can see the Ppipe puming the sediment 16:16:42 a couple a weeks ago that pipe was idle we were frusturated because federal govt said we couldnt do it 16:17:01 trhis was all open water 16:17:13 in just one day the national guard picked up 500 pounds of oil debri 16:17:26 the berm is doing exactly what its intended to do 16:17:34 these work 24/7 dont get shut down when storm comes 16:17:48 captyure sub sea oil 16:17:56 were now using dredging capacity to replace materials we took 16:18:11 we haev 8 dredges 2 cutterhead 6 hopper 16:18:24 on the southern segment were gonna transport sedemnt int 2 steps moving with machiens and then by barge 16:18:51 well start building land at a much faster rate 16:19:09 this shows taht it works the berms are doing their jobs 16:19:18 they are important line of defense combiend with booms and skimmers 16:19:29 we created 3 miles before we did this one and it works 16:19:48 the oil that gets passed boom gets trapped by these berms 16:20:14 these ridges are just where they temporarily store the sediment coming out of the pipe 16:20:34 were off craigs coast 16:20:39 this sand berm protects multiple parish 16:20:50 every costal parish president endorses this but frusturated we only have permits for 6 out of 24 permits 16:21:15 150 vessels working 24/7 16:21:30 these sand berms provide short term benefit but are part of multiyear strategy to protect our coach 16:22:08 CRAIG: this activity is part of master plan of ways to fight oil 16:22:27 what were doing is worthwhile it continues to be overwhelming supportive of what this berm can do 16:22:44 waling up and down this island there is wildlife, were creating adittional land for more wildlife, its a win-win no negatives 16:23:19 NUSSENGER This is what Louisiana needs to keep oil from marshlands in shorterm but also great as part of long term 16:23:49 that island is being portected fromd disappearing next year 16:24:06 for a few people to say its doing more harm than good is ridiculous 16:24:16 all we did was modify the plan to have mx bang for our buck 16:24:34 once seidment is built up theyll know down ridges 16:24:49 come out here with us critics but to come here take pictures and take cheap shots is unfortunate 16:25:06 weve shown where these islands and many more ridges build back 16:25:16 these have 10 times greater impact moving freshwater sout h 16:25:31 only way to keep salt outta marshes is what were standing on 16:25:45 we have something finally to keep out oil and salt water 16:25:55 its a great day for louisiana 16:26:01 JINDAL originally these islands were an unbroken chain of land 16:26:13 were restoring what has been eroded over time 16:26:21 we lose 300ft a yead due to erosion 16:26:33 were restoring land that was here before erosion 16:26:59 NUNGESSER: for the first tiem someone said weere not on schedule cause of storms 16:27:18 its not out being on schedule its about whether they work 16:27:27 issue the other permits let us finish the job and save our wetland 16:27:41 PIPE SPWEING SEDIMENT ONTO SANDBERM 16:27:55 DOZER LIFTING SAND 16:28:13 PEOPLE STANDING AROUND ON SAND BERM 16:28:33 WORKERS WALKING ON SAND PUKILES 16:28:49 CU OF WORKERS STANDING ON SAND PILES 16:29:04 CU OF WORKERS POINTING 16:29:20 POOL OF WATER SUROUNDED BY SAND PAN TO PIPE 16:29:35 DOZER IN THE SHALLOW WATER 16:30:01 PIPE AND SAND 16:30:13 JINDAL everything you behind us will be solid land in 24 hours thats how fast theyre working 16:30:41 this is just one sand berm 16:30:48 16:30:54 it has worked time and time again berms are out 24/7 they stop 16:31:17 most sensitive wetlands are nursey for the gulf and this berm is protecting them 16:31:34 Q: Do you share optomisim about cap 16:31:43 JINDAL we want and need them to be succesful in capping 16:31:54 even if they can contain oil flow they need tow atch 48 horus to make sure its successful 16:32:11 here in LOuisiana we hope for the best and prepare for the worst 16:32:23 taht would be great but even if they cap it theres still millions of gallons of oil in the water coming to our caost for months 16:32:49 Q: Are you getting support from Federal govt 16:32:58 J: BP has agreed to pay we've tried to bring feds out here to see how well its working 16:33:19 you can see it working just come out here 16:33:31 the proof is to come walk on this land 16:33:39 Q:what keeping you up at night 16:33:46 J: we outlined a four part initiative to resotr ethis state 16:33:59 were losing 30 miles off our coast every year 16:34:11 we need to protect our water 16:34:21 we need to make sure they clean up wetlands and coast and use lousianans to clean our coast 16:34:39 we dont people saying mission accomplished too soon 16:34:49 SAND PILE 16:36:00 PEOPLE ON BEACH 16:36:36 SEDIMENT SPEWING OUT OF PIPE PAN TO MACHINE LIFTING SAND 16:37:16 JINDAL TALKING TO REPORTERS 16:37:25 LONE BIRD WALKING ON NEWLY FORMED LAND 16:38:06 PIPELINE 16:38:09 RED THING AT TEH END OF PIPE LEAKING WATER 16:38:46 CU WATER DRIPPING ON RED LEDGE 16:39:00 LEAKY RED DEVICES AT END OF PIPE 16:39:16 SHELLS AND DEBRI ON BERM PICKED UP BY CRAIG 16:39:33 OILY WOOD ON BEACH 16:39:41 PIPE AND COPTER ON BERM 16:39:58 OILY DEBRI ON BERM 16:40:13 BOATS ON TEH WATER ZOOM OUT TO BERM 16:40:28 AERIAL OF BIRD FLYING 16:40:42 AERIAL OF BERM 16:41:40 MORE AERIAL OF BERM 16:43:51 INSIDE OF HELICOPTER 16:44:51 JINDAL WALKING UP TO PODIUM 16:45:03 JINDAL: there were 2 great sites to sea the amount of land tehyd creted and seeing the pipes worksing 16:45:28 the core made them stop for ovver a week 16:45:35 we brought back pictures 16:45:41 you can see land being created and tarballs 16:45:49 national guard picked up over 500lbs of debris 16:46:02 there are 8 dredges working 16:46:10 scows help to transport dredge material 16:46:20 scows are barges 16:46:27 california dredge keeps bringing dredge materials to berm today 16:46:47 the califorrnia dredge dredges material onto this berm 16:46:59 this was open water before we started dredging 16:47:08 they do it through pripes 16:47:15 in other areas we ahve to move stuff twic 16:47:31 on the west side of the river 8000000cubic yards arent being seen because we ahvent moved it yet 16:48:01 were trying to be safe and dredge far away from fragile ecosystems 16:48:13 cutterhead california is taking sand from highes pioint and depsiting it on e4 16:48:32 the first week of dredging we borrowed from other stuff 16:48:53 about 30% of our resources to that 16:49:06 tthis is an impressive structure it hasnt washed away 16:49:19 once we ramp up 16:49:27 well have 150 support vessels working on multipe segments 16:49:37 were working ont hem simultaneously to get them doen as quicly as possible 16:49:50 largest most intense dredging process in our nations history 16:50:01 weve had over 400 miles of oily coastline 16:50:16 sand berms are a line of defense to fight oil miles away from short 16:50:29 land bridge do work 16:50:46 oil has pooled at this landbridge 16:50:52 passes boom and skimmers but stops at land brige 16:51:10 oil pools at the berms stopping it from wetlands 16:51:28 berms are working 16:51:31 coastguard BP has already recommended that oil collected on the shore is more effective than booming 16:52:00 sand berms are creating oen more line of defense for wetlands 16:52:11 we dredged ove 2 million cubic yards ine ast grand terroky 16:52:22 reason this is so important we dont want to see oil on our coast 16:52:34 wed rather see this oil on an oily berm than in the frshwater wetlands 16:52:51 during alex skimemrs and booms were innefective 16:53:00 sand berms work 24/7 capturing oil both on and below the surface 16:53:16 louisiana national guard has filled 14 gaps 16:53:35 over 42 million lbs of sand to refill those gaps 16:53:47 these tactics are working to fight oil off the coast 16:54:01 no silver bullet but combo of boom skimmers and other strategies will keep oil out of these wetlands 16:54:23 yesterday we outlined four initiatives to revitalize our coast 16:54:37 making sure waters clean 16:54:45 yesterday wildlife and fisheries commission announce 86% of areas for rec fishing were opened 16:55:13 want people to exercise caution 16:55:24 respect cleanup and removal activities 16:55:31 use common sense 16:55:41 rec fishing will be allowed but there are deliniated areas 16:56:05 commercial fishing we would like to see open but FDA has import role to play 16:56:20 we sent them proposed plan 16:56:28 waiting on FDA to look out our plan 16:56:40 we want to open commercial fishing where it is safe 16:56:54 still have a plan pending with BP 5 year resource plan 20 year seafood testing plan 16:57:14 good news is rec fishers can now go out in previously closed areas 16:57:36 national gauard reinforced two land bridges 16:58:34 this was newest land as part st bernard parish 16:58:46 we need naming contest for new piece of land 16:58:58 great to see this all working and new land being built 16:59:08 1 more line of defense 16:59:13 CRAIG we continued to identify challenges 16:59:23 today we will celebrate its success 16:59:30 chandelier island project shows the fed govt support can go along way 16:59:43 this is an encouraging stage for our defense and offensive support agains oil support 17:00:00 we are appreciative of this type of activity 17:00:11 we do want to celebrate this success 17:00:19 this island
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AP-APTN-2330 Americas L Prime News-Final Saturday, 8 May 2010 Americas L Prime News ++US Oil 02:30 See Script NEW Deep-sea ice crystals stymie Gulf oil leak fix Costa Rica Inauguration 02:33 AP Clients Only REPLAY Inauguration of President elect Laura Chinchilla Bolivia Clashes 2 02:12 AP Clients Only REPLAY Vice President comments, Latest protesters and police standoff Venezuela Baduel 01:35 Pt No Access Venezuela REPLAY Fmr defence minister sentenced to more than seven years in jail US Russia Obama 02:22 No Access Russia REPLAY Obama intv by Russian TV, comments on terror, START, adoption US Ferrry 01:27 No Access North America/Internet REPLAY Staten Island ferry slams into dock; dozens hurt ++UK Politics 6 02:30 No Access UK/RTE/CNNi/Al Jazeera English NEW Clegg arrives home after talks with Cameron; Tories say more talks Mideast Talks 4 03:52 AP Clients Only REPLAY Palestinians approve indirect talks, Mitchell meets Abbas, reax UK Harrods 01:59 Pt No Access UK/RTE/CNNi/Al Jazeera English REPLAY Harrods department store sold to Qatari company Lebanon Hummus 01:32 AP Clients Only REPLAY Chefs attempt to break world record for the biggest hummus serving B-u-l-l-e-t-i-n begins at 2330 GMT. APEX 05-08-10 1956EDT -----------End of rundown----------- AP-APTN-2330: ++US Oil Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:++US Oil- NEW Deep-sea ice crystals stymie Gulf oil leak fix; latest reax, controlled burns LENGTH: 02:30 FIRST RUN: 2330 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: Eng/Nats SOURCE: VARIOUS STORY NUMBER: 645142 DATELINE: Various - 7/8 May 2010/FILE LENGTH: 02:30 US COAST GUARD HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST US COAST GUARD HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Gulf of Mexico - 07 May 2010 1. Wide of controlled oil burn on surface of water 2. Mid of flames and smoke US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Robert, Louisiana - 08 May 2010 3. Wide of news conference with Coast Guard and British Petroleum's officials 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Doug Suttles, British Petroleum's Chief Operating Officer: " Well, I wouldn't say it's failed yet. What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn't work because these hydrates plugged up the top of the dome. What we're currently doing, and expect it will probably take the next 48 hours or so, is seeing is there a way to overcome this problem?" US COAST GUARD HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Gulf of Mexico - 07 May 2010 5. Wide of shot from boat of controlled burn 6. Wide of smoke and flames US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Robert, Louisiana - 08 May 2010 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Doug Suttles, British Petroleum's Chief Operating Officer: "So what we had to do was pick the dome back up, set it over to the side while we evaluate what options we have to actually try to prevent the hydrate formation or find some other method to try to capture the flow." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Gulf of Mexico - 08 May 2010 8. Pan up from water to ships and barges involved in trying to plug the oil leak 9. Various of crane barge that lowered the containment box to the sea floor UPSOUND (English): of ship operator involved in oil containment efforts (name unknown) on loud speaker: "Okay, well, we've been instructed to get to a position that we can work on or monitor both the BOP (blow out preventer) plume and the riser plume, so for us to be able to get to the BOP plume, we need to move essentially south." 10. Helicopter flying over oil spill area US COAST GUARD HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: Gulf of Mexico - 21 April 2010 11. Various of ships trying to put out fire on oil rig (++OVERLAID WITH AUDIO FROM SHOT 12++) ++AUDIO ONLY++ AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Location unknown - 08 May 2010 ++AUDIO AS INCOMING++ 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Micah Sandell, Oil rig crane operator who survived explosion: (++OVERLAID WITH VIDEO FROM SHOT 11++) "When it blew up, it just blew out, and went up. And when it went up, it went all the way up to the top of the derrick, just 300 feet (91 metres) there, and I mean it just blow. And fire went all around me, and it blew me to the back of the cab, and I fell down and just put my hands over my head and the only thing I can remember saying was, 'No, God, no.' I just thought that was it for me. But it was just a nightmare to me because I have never, I never did think anything like that would ever happen - I really didn't. It's kind of like a dream or something like you see on TV." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Dauphin Island, Alabama - 08 May 2010 13. Clean up crews arriving at beach where tar balls have started washing ashore 14. Crews unloading oil containment bunting 15. Close of a tar ball in sand, zoom out to wide 16. Pan of people on beach 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Kimberly Creel, beachgoer: " So when I picked it up, I just kind of smeared it on my foot, and it's very kind of a gel, but then when you smear it, it gets that liquid oil type and it definitely is oil up on the beaches here in Dauphin Island." 18. Close of a dried tar ball mixed with sand 19. Plastic bottle holding tar balls 20. SOUNDBITE (English) Kimberly Creel, beachgoer: "You know after everybody is still trying to recover from Katrina. It's very, very sad. I hate to see it." 21. Crews laying out bunting to catch tar balls 22. Low shot of workers searching beach 23. Wide of bunting along waterline STORYLINE A novel but risky attempt to use a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box to cover a deepwater oil well, gushing toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico, was aborted on Saturday after ice crystals encased it, an ominous development as thick blobs of tar began washing up on Alabama's white sand beaches. The setback left the mission to cap the ruptured well in doubt. It had taken about two weeks to build the box and three days to cart it 50 miles (80 kilometres) out then slowly lower it to the well a mile (1.6 kilometre) below the surface, but the frozen depths were too much for it to handle. Still, British Petroleum officials overseeing the cleanup efforts were not giving up just yet on hopes that a containment box, either the one brought there or a larger one being built, could cover the well and be used to capture the oil and funnel it to a tanker at the surface to be carted away. Officials said it would be at least Monday before a decision was made on what next step to take. "I wouldn't say it's failed yet," British Petroleum chief operating officer Doug Suttles said. "What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn't work." There has been a rabid fascination with the effort to use the peaked box the size of a four-story house to place over the ruptured well. It had taken more than 12 hours to slowly lower it to the seafloor, a task that required painstaking precision to accurately position it over the well or it could damage the leaking pipe and make the problem worse. It was fraught with doubt and peril since nothing like it had been attempted at such depths with water pressure great enough to crush a submarine. It ended up encountering icy crystals, familiar territory for deepwater drilling. The icy build-up on the containment box made it too buoyant and clogged it up, British Petroleum's Suttles said. Workers who had carefully lowered the massive box over the leak nearly a mile (1.6 kilometres) below the surface had to lift it and move it some 600 feet (182 meters) to the side. If it had worked, authorities had said it would reduce the flow by about 85 percent, buying a bit more time as a three-month effort to drill a relief well goes on simultaneously. Company and Coast Guard officials had cautioned that ice like hydrates, a slushy mixture of gas and water, would be one of the biggest challenges to the containment box plan, and their warnings proved accurate. The crystals clogged the opening in the top of the peaked box like sand in a funnel, only upside-down. Options under consideration included raising the box high enough that warmer water would prevent the slush from forming, or using heated water or methanol to prevent the crystals from forming. The spot where Deepwater Horizon rig once was positioned is now teeming with vessels working on containing the well. There are 15 boats and large ships at or near the site, some being used in an ongoing effort to drill a relief well, another with the crane that lowered the containment device to the seafloor. There is even a vessel at the site called the Seacor Lee that is sending a live video feed from the undersea robots back to BP's operations centre in Houston. There was a renewed sense of urgency as small bits of tar began washing up on Dauphin Island, three miles (five kilometres) off the Alabama mainland at the mouth of Mobile Bay and much farther east than the thin, rainbow sheens that had so far arrived sporadically in the Louisiana marshes. "When you smear it, it gets that liquid oil type and it definitely is oil up on the beaches here in Dauphin Island," said Kimberly Creel, 41, who was hanging out and swimming with hundreds of other beachgoers when she spotted the balls. About a half dozen tar balls had been collected by Saturday afternoon at Dauphin Island, according to Coast Guard officials. Authorities planned to test the substance but strongly suspected it came from the oil spill. A long line of materials that resembled a string of pompoms were positioned on a stretch of the shore to catch the crud. Crews walked along the beach in rubber boots, carrying trash bags to clear debris from the sand. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers. Micah Sandell, an oil rig crane operator who survived the blast, says he felt like he was in a nightmare and prayed to God to be able to live through it. "The only thing I can remember saying was, ' No, God, no,' Sandell said in an audio interview with The Associated Press on Saturday. In the three weeks since the explosion about 210-thousand gallons (795-thousand litres) of crude a day has been flowing into the Gulf. However until Saturday none of the thick sludge, those iconic images of past spills, had reached Gulf shores however. It was a troubling turn of events, especially since the intrepid efforts to use the containment box had not yet succeeded. The original blowout was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation. Deep beneath the seafloor, methane is in a slushy, crystalline form. Deep sea oil drillers often encounter pockets of methane crystals as they dig into the earth. As the bubble rose up the drill column from the high-pressure environs of the deep to the less pressurised shallows, it intensified and grew, breaking through various safety barriers, according to Robert Bea, a University of California Berkley engineering professor and oil pipeline expert who detailed the interviews to an Associated Press reporter. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2109EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: Costa Rica Inauguration Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:Costa Rica Inauguration- REPLAY Inauguration of President elect Laura Chinchilla LENGTH: 02:33 FIRST RUN: 2130 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: Spanish/Nats SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645133 DATELINE: San Jose - 8 May 2010 LENGTH: 02:33 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST 1. Wide of stage where swearing in ceremony is taking place 2. Cutaway of Costa Rica flag 3. Various shots of audience 4. Outgoing president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias arriving 5. Wide of stage 6. Cutaway of guests already on stage 7. President elect of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, arriving, waving 8. Wide of stage 9. Various shots of stage with Arias and Chinchilla 10. Various of audience listening to national anthem 11. President of National Assembly reading the presidential oath to Chinchilla, Chinchilla taking the oath 12. Cutaway of guests applauding 13. Chinchilla getting the presidential sash 14. Latin American presidents seated, including El Salvador's Mauricio Funes (wearing red tie), Honduras' Porfirio Lobo (grey tie) and Colombia's Alvaro Uribe 15. Chinchilla greeting the public and then embracing Arias 16. Uribe (left) with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (middle) and Spanish Crown Prince Felipe (right) 17. Various shots of Chinchilla giving speech 18. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica President: "Dear friends, I just took my oath in front of God and I swore to my country to respect and defend the constitution and the laws of the Republic and that I will fulfil with loyalty my duties as president. That will be my legacy." 19. Cutaway of guests 20. Chinchilla greeting Arias after her speech STORYLINE Costa Rica inaugurated Laura Chinchilla as its first woman leader on Saturday, replacing Nobel laureate Oscar Arias with his former vice president and protege. Chinchilla promised to rule with "humility, honesty and firmness" and said she'll pursue the same economic policies that recently brought the country into a trade pact with the US and opened commerce with China. Elected in a landslide, Chinchilla has also pledged new protections for the pristine parks and reserves that make this Central American nation first in the world for land preservation. The fifth Latin American woman to be elected president, Chinchilla takes office in a decent economic climate despite the world economic crisis, thanks to policies enacted by Arias that helped insulate Costa Rica. Chinchilla, a 51-year-old Georgetown University graduate, is a social conservative who opposes abortion and gay marriage. She appealed both to Costa Ricans seeking a fresh face and those reluctant to risk the unknown. Her inauguration was attended by dignitaries including the presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador and Georgia. She hugged and kissed her husband, parents and 14-year-old son during the ceremony. Then she hugged Arias, a popular leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his work to end civil wars in several Central American countries. Arias served as president from 1986 to 1990, and again from 2006 to 2010, boosting tourism and eco-development. During his tenure, Costa Rica became the most visited country in Central America, with a 2.2 (b) billion US dollar tourism industry, and Arias has pushed eco-tourism, environmentally friendly development and improved trade relations. In 2007, he set a goal for his country to be the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021, a goal Chinchilla supports. And in recent months, he attempted to mediate between Honduran leaders during a coup. Chinchilla says she wants to help Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, elected in the fall, to repair international relations damaged during the coup. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2001EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: Bolivia Clashes 2 Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:Bolivia Clashes 2- REPLAY Vice President comments, Latest protesters and police standoff LENGTH: 02:12 FIRST RUN: 2030 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: Spanish/Nats SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645134 DATELINE: Caranavi/La Paz, 7/8 May 2010 LENGTH: 02:12 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST (FIRST RUN 2030 AMERICAS PRIME NEWS - 8 MAY 2010) Caravani, 8 May 2010 1. Young people in square armed with bottles, stones 2. Wide of protesters with dark smoke coming from a tyre set on fire in demonstration 3. Protesters shouting to the camera UPSOUND: (Spanish) "Murderers (referring to the police)." 4. Various of protesters in street 5. Wide of police officers seen through the smoke standing behind their shields 6. Women showing spent bullet cartridges UPSOUND (Spanish): "These are not pellets, these are 12-calibre bullets." 7. Wide of protesters in street 8. Ambulance driving through (FIRST RUN 1730 NEWS UPDATE -8 MAY 2010) La Paz, 7 May 2010 9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alvaro Garcia Linera, Bolivian vice-president: "There are two, three, maybe four people infiltrated within the courageous Bolivian Workers' Union (COB) which want to use the union's demands to the advantage of the counter-revolutionary right of this country. They tried with the coup, they tried with the assassination attempt and now they are trying from within. The right uses those methods, and I don't doubt that some officials from the US Embassy could also be behind this." (FIRST RUN 2030 AMERICAS PRIME NEWS - 8 MAY 2010) Caravani, 8 May 2010 ++ NIGHT SHOTS++ 10. Various of a group of young protesters shouting and drinking, one gesticulates with a rifle at the camera while another holds up what appears to to be a Molotov cocktail bomb 11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Protesters (No Name Given): "What have they done (the police)? We approached them and they shot at us with rubber bullets. And do you want to know what they did to our other comrades? They tied them up on top of their trucks and took them away." 12. Various of burnt out remains of police station after it was set fire by protesters STORYLINE Protesters clashed with police on Saturday in the Bolivian town of Caranavi, as fresh demonstrations broke out over a government decision to open a fruit processing plant in a neighbouring town. Hundreds of anti-riot police officers have been deployed since Friday in the town, 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital La Paz. The demonstrators blocked off roads, set fire to tyres and even burnt down a police station, officials claimed on Saturday. In video from one of the protests the demonstrators could be heard chanting 'murderers' as they carried rocks and bottles to hurl at the police. According to local media, a 19-year-old student was killed by a rubber bullet during Friday's clashes in the region and protesters again claimed that they had been shot at by police on Saturday. Seven police officers were also wounded on Friday, according to a police spokesperson who added that the protesters were armed with hunting rifles and dynamite. Residents started their demonstrations 12 days ago to protest against a government decision to open a fruit processing plant in a neighbouring town instead of Caranavi, as had been previously agreed. The protest has the full support of the COB, the Bolivian Worker's Union. The Bolivian Vice President said on Friday that "counter-revolutionary" elements had infiltrated the union. "I don't doubt that some officials from the US Embassy could also be behind this," added Alvaro Garcia Linera. The COB, which is the largest union in the country, also started a 24-hour strike last Tuesday to claim a higher wages' increase than the five percent proposed by the government. The union has called for another indefinite strike, starting next Monday. Around 50 union leaders are on hunger strike and union members have been called to march towards the capital for a large demonstration next week. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: Venezuela Baduel Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:Venezuela Baduel- REPLAY Fmr defence minister sentenced to more than seven years in jail LENGTH: 01:35 FIRST RUN: 1730 RESTRICTIONS: Pt No Access Venezuela TYPE: Spanish/Natsound SOURCE: VTV/GLOBOVISION/AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645122 DATELINE: Caracas/Maracay, 8 May 2010/File LENGTH: 01:35 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY GLOBOVISION - NO ACCESS VENEZUELA SHOTLIST SHOTLIST VTV - AP CLIENTS ONLY Caracas, 7 May 2010 ++ NIGHT SHOT++ 1.Pan left several patrol cars and police motorcycles leaving the military court GLOBOVISION - NO ACCESS VENEZUELA Caracas, 7 May 2010 2. Andreina Baduel, Raul Isaias Baduel (Venezuela's former Defence Minister) daughter. 3. SOUNBITE (Spanish) Andreina Baduel, Isaias Baduel's daughter: "We're not surprised it was all premeditated. They are judging him without evidence. Hugo Chavez, your orders were followed." 4. Mid Rayrin Baduel, Raul Isaias Baduel's daughter being interviewed by a reporter 5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Rayrin Baduel, Raul Isaias Baduel's daughter: "President Chavez, Mr Chavez, it was so obvious. He should remember my face, I played with his daughters, I can only say God bless you, God bless your daughters and God bless your grandchildren, that's what I will say to my children." GLOBOVISION - NO ACCESS VENEZUELA ++FILE Maracay- Aragua State, 3 October 2008 6. Mid of Raul Isaias Baduel, former Defence Minister being arrested by the police on the street AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY ++FILE Caracas, 11 December 2007 7. Various of Baduel STORYLINE: A former Venezuelan defence minister and critic of President Hugo Chavez was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Friday after being convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power. Retired General Raul Baduel was sentenced to seven years, 11 months in prison by a military court and is barred from running for public office, state television reported. Baduel was tried on charges that 40 million bolivars -- then worth 18.6 (m) million dollars at the official exchange rate -- disappeared in 2006 and 2007 while he was defence minister. Baduel has insisted he is innocent and dismissed the accusation as a politically motivated reprisal for his opposition to Chavez. Baduel retired in July 2007 after Chavez removed him from the defence minister post, and he quickly emerged as a prominent critic of the president. He publicly opposed a package of constitutional revisions proposed by Chavez that would have enshrined socialist ideals in the constitution but were rejected by voters in 2007. "We're not surprised it was all premeditated," his daughter Andreina Baduel said after the sentencing. "They are judging him without evidence. Hugo Chavez, your orders were followed." In the same case, Colonel Hernan Medina Marval was sentenced to 8 years, 11 months in prison. Another of Baduel's daughters, Rayrin Baduel, told reporters that the main evidence had been the testimony of soldiers who saw Medina carrying some black backs allegedly filled with cash. Chavez has denied going after opponents through the legal system, saying Baduel and other government critics are criminals who must face justice. Baduel had maintained a friendship with Chavez since the presidents' army days and clandestinely aided a failed 1992 coup attempt led by the then-lieutenant colonel. The general also came to Chavez's aid in 2002, when the president was briefly ousted in a coup. Baduel was a key player in securing Chavez's return to power by sending a team of paratroopers to rescue him from officers who had detained him. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: US Russia Obama Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:US Russia Obama- REPLAY Obama intv by Russian TV, comments on terror, START, adoption LENGTH: 02:22 FIRST RUN: 2030 RESTRICTIONS: No Access Russia TYPE: Eng/Nats SOURCE: RU-RTR STORY NUMBER: 645137 DATELINE: Washington DC, 6 May 2010 LENGTH: 02:22 RU RTR - NO ACCESS RUSSIA SHOTLIST 1. Wide of US President Barack Obama talking to Russian State channel journalist during interview 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President (++soundbite part overlaid by wide shot of interview++): "We just recently had an attempt of terrorist act in New York. And it's a signal, I think, that whether these activities were happening in Moscow or were happening in New York, that countries have to work together to make sure that these terrorists are apprehended, that their networks are destroyed, that their sources of financing dry up and no single country is going to be able to do that on their own. Countries are going to have to work together and that is something that I'm very much looking to increase in cooperation between the United States and Russia." 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President: "Obviously it's technical, and I think it's appropriate for the Senate to examine it, but we are going to be putting forward the text to the treaty, the annexes, all the necessary materials before the Senate, in short order. And our hope is that they will be able to review it quickly, and recognise that this is an important step in the efforts of both the United States and Russia to meet our obligations under the non-proliferation treaty to lower our stockpiles." 4. Wide of interview 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President (++soundbite overlaid by various cutaway shots of interview++): "As you point out, there have been tens of thousands of Russian children adopted by US families. The overwhelming majority are leading happy, healthy lives. But ultimately, the policy has to be what is best for children, whether they are living in Russia or they're living in the United States. What we've done, is to set up a bilateral discussion between our State Department and counterparts in Russia to find out how do we create an agreement in which children are protected. And I think that is ultimately the goal. And as the father of two children, obviously it breaks my heart to think about children who have been vulnerable, have probably already gone through difficult situations, and then are subjected to even more difficult situations than in the past. But, as you point out, I think, it's also important to recognise that in the overwhelming majority of cases adoptions are the absolute best thing for the child, and we want to make sure that we preserve the best of the system, while eliminating these abuses." 6. Close up of journalist 7. Wide of interview, Obama and journalist shaking hands STORYLINE: US President Barack Obama wants greater cooperation between Russia and the United States on economic, security and anti-terrorism matters, he said in a Russian television interview aired on Friday. Obama told a Russian television station that no single country can defeat militants who have attacked targets throughout the world. He said he looks forward to "increasing cooperation between the United States and Russia" on fighting militancy. Obama said he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have discussed how the two former rivals can "ramp up our commercial, our trade, our economic ties." Obama also said he hoped the US Senate would ratify a new treaty signed by the US and Russia designed to reduce the two countries' arsenals of long-range nuclear weapons. Obama and Medvedev signed the historic "New START" treaty last month, the first major nuclear weapons reduction accord in nearly two decades. The agreement aims to reduce the number of strategic nuclear warheads in each arsenal to 1,500 over seven years, about a third less than the 2,200 currently permitted. Obama and his advisers consider the treaty a major step toward the president's goal of a nuclear-free world. The pact, which Obama has not yet submitted to the Senate for ratification, would help reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US security strategy. "This is an important step in the efforts of both the United States and Russia to meet our obligations under the non-proliferation treaty to lower our stockpiles," Obama said in the interview, which was conducted on Thursday in the White House. He also touched on the subject of adoption, in connection to the case of Artyom Savelyev, an eight-year-old Russian boy sent back to Moscow alone last month by his adoptive mother in Tennessee. The mother claimed the boy was violent and that the orphanage had lied about his condition. Russian physicians said they found no mental issues with the boy. Savelyev' return led to calls for more control over foreign adoptions and a freeze on all adoptions to Americans until the United States signed a bilateral agreement allowing Russia to better monitor and control adoptions. A motion to freeze all adoptions to the US pending the signing of such an agreement fell 98 votes short on Friday in the State Duma, the lower house. Obama said a "bilateral discussion" had been set up between the US State Department and its Russian counterpart "to find out how do we create an agreement in which children are protected. And I think that is ultimately the goal." "As the father of two children, obviously it breaks my heart to think about children who have been vulnerable, have probably already gone through difficult situations, and then are subjected to even more difficult situations than in the past," Obama said. Some 1,800 Russian children were adopted in the United States last year, according to the Russian Education and Science Ministry. US citizens have adopted nearly 50-thousand Russian children since the early 1990s, the ministry's Alina Levitskaya told the State Duma on Friday. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: US Ferrry Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:US Ferrry- REPLAY Staten Island ferry slams into dock; dozens hurt LENGTH: 01:27 FIRST RUN: 1930 RESTRICTIONS: No Access North America/Internet TYPE: Natsound SOURCE: ABC STORY NUMBER: 645136 DATELINE: New York, 08 May 2010 LENGTH: 01:27 ABC - No Access NAmerica/Internet SHOTLIST: ++AERIALS++ ++AUDIO AS INCOMING - PARTLY MUTE++ 1. Wide of ferry that crashed into pier on New York city's Staten Island 2. Zoom out from ferry name, reading Andrews J. Barberi, to wide of ferry 3. People on board of the ferry directing tug boat on how to pull in 4. New York Police officers and firemen walking on scene ++GROUND SHOTS++ 5. Injured lying on stretchers on the ground, firemen bringing another injured on a stretcher and place him down 6. Firemen walking up ramp to board ferry 7. People inside the ferry terminal ++AERIAL++ 8. Aerial of Barberi ferry ++MUTE++ STORYLINE: A ferry with a history of accidents lost power as it approached its terminal on New York city's Staten Island, on Saturday, smashed into a pier with a jolt that tossed passengers to the deck, hurting as many as 37 people. The accident happened at around 9:20 local time (13:20 GMT) as the Andrew J. Barberi ferry arrived at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, carrying 252 passengers and 18 members of crew. The accident appeared to be the result of a mechanical failure, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner said. The ferry's throttle failed to engage as it prepared to dock, meaning the crew was unable to use the engines to slow down. The cause of the malfunction is still unknown. Coast Guard officials said the ferry suffered serious damage to its ramps and gouges in the decks above the waterline. Ramps on the pier were also damaged. The Fire Department said 17 passengers were taken by ambulance to hospitals, but that none had life-threatening injuries. One person complained of chest pains. Others were bandaged and comforted by firefighters at the scene. Two police officers who provide security on the ferry were among the injured, officials said. In Saturday's accident, the crew discovered the mechanical problem in time to alert passengers to brace for a hard landing. Service on the ferry line was suspended after the accident, then restored by late morning. The ferry itself was dislodged from the dock at the terminal about five hours after the crash, with the help of a tugboat, and was taken to another nearby pier area. The Andrew Barberi was also involved in a 2003 wreck that killed 11 people. That accident occurred when the pilot, suffering from extreme fatigue and on painkillers, passed out at the wheel and the boat hit the terminal in St. George at full speed. The ferry returned to service after a multimillion-dollar rehabilitation. The pilot pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter and lying to investigators. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The city ferry director was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to negligent manslaughter and admitting he failed to implement or enforce a rule requiring two pilots during docking. The ferry runs across New York harbour between Manhattan and Staten Island. Ferries landing at the terminal approach fairly quickly, then slow down by putting the engines in reverse. The boat coasts into a U-shaped slip and workers extend large ramps that allow passengers to exit. Most passengers assemble at the front as the ferry arrives. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: ++UK Politics 6 Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:++UK Politics 6- NEW Clegg arrives home after talks with Cameron; Tories say more talks LENGTH: 02:30 FIRST RUN: 2330 RESTRICTIONS: No Access UK/RTE/CNNi/Al Jazeera English TYPE: English/Nats SOURCE: SKY STORY NUMBER: 645138 DATELINE: London, 8 May 2010 LENGTH: 02:30 SKY - NO ACCESS UK/RTE/CNNI/AL JAZEERA ENGLISH SHOTLIST 1. Liberal Democrats party leader Nick Clegg coming out of car and entering his home after talks with Conservative party, AUDIO: reporter asking questions 2. Conservative party Member of Parliament, William Hague, coming out of office, UPSOUND (English) reporter: "Is it your deal, gentlemen?" 3. SOUNDBITE (English) William Hague, Conservative party Member of Parliament: "We have nothing more to add until we've had further meetings, we're going to have further meetings with the Liberal Democrats tomorrow." 4. Various of Hague walking to his car and leaving STORYLINE The Conservative and Liberal Democrats parties were holding negotiations in London on Saturday in hopes of resolving an election that failed to produce a clear winner. Negotiations between the parties are likely to stretch on for at least two more days. The ruling Labour party is still lobbying for its own alternative coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Britian's Conservative Party revealed late on Saturday that Conservative party leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg had already met for one-on-one talks at central London's Admiralty House. A spokesman refused to divulge the detail of the meeting, but said it had lasted more than an hour and that the discussion had been constructive and amicable. It remains to be seen whether the right-wing and centre-left party can share power or even cooperate on keeping a minority Conservative administration in control of the British Parliament. They are likely to find common ground on the economy and taxes but have divergent views on voting-system reform, nuclear weapons and some key foreign policy issues. Market jitters over Britain's record deficit mean that there's increased pressure on both parties to compromise on their principles for the sake of economic stability. With 306 seats in the House of Commons, Cameron's Conservatives are still 20 short of a bare majority. But if they are backed by the 57 legislators from third-place Liberal Democrats they would have a comfortable cushion for passing the legislation they say is desperately needed to control Britain's 153 (b) billion-pound (236 (b) billion US dollar) debt. The Tories said fresh talks between the two parties' negotiating teams were expected on Sunday morning. The party has previously said that no deal is likely before Monday, when Cameron meets with his freshly elected lawmakers. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: Mideast Talks 4 Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:Mideast Talks 4- REPLAY Palestinians approve indirect talks, Mitchell meets Abbas, reax LENGTH: 03:52 FIRST RUN: 1830 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: English/Natsound SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645135 DATELINE: Various, 08 May 2010 LENGTH: 03:52 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: (FIRST RUN 1130 ME EUROPE PRIME NEWS SATURDAY 08 MAY 2010) Ramallah, West Bank 1. Exterior of Palestinian presidential compound 2. Wide of Fatah and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) meeting to discuss whether to approve indirect talks with Israel meeting 3. Zoom out of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to wide of meeting 4. Various of meeting (FIRST RUN 1630 EUROPE PRIME NEWS SATURDAY 08 MAY 2010) Ramallah, West Bank 5. Wide of convoy arriving at the Palestinian presidential compound 6. Officials waiting 7. US Mideast special envoy George Mitchell getting out of car, being greeted by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, the two entering building 8. Various of meeting between Mitchell and Abbas 9. Mitchell and Abbas shaking hands ++NEW (FIRST RUN 1830 NORTH AMERICA PRIME NEWS SATURDAY 08 MAY 2010) Ramallah, West Bank 10. Wide shot of Mitchell leaving presidential palace in Ramallah 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator: "We believe it's time for decisions, we believe the success of (US) President Barack Obama and efforts of Senator Mitchell succeeding in their endeavour means ending the occupation, the Israeli occupation that begun in '67, meaning our freedom and our independence. We will spare no efforts to help President Obama and his envoy in order to achieve their endeavour of achieving the two state solution, a state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as capital in the 67 lines to live side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel." 12. Cameraman 13. Palestinian flag 14. Presidential palace ++NEW (FIRST RUN 1830 NORTH AMERICA PRIME NEWS SATURDAY 08 MAY 2010) Reut, central Israel 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister spokesperson: "Israel welcomes the restart of the peace process. We have been calling all along for the resumption of talks without preconditions and we are hopeful that these proximity talks will lead swiftly into direct talks between the parties." 16. Regev talking on the telephone STORYLINE Palestinian leaders gave their backing on Saturday for indirect peace talks with Israel, clearing the way for the Obama administration's first sustained on-the-ground Mideast peace effort. US President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell will now shuttle between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders for up to four months to try to narrow the vast gaps on the terms of Palestinian statehood. Saturday's decision by the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) Executive Committee and the Fatah Central Committee was widely expected since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed interest in the indirect negotiations and has received Arab League support. Mitchell who met twice with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week, arrived at the Presidential compound in Ramallah on Saturday to hold talks with Abbas. He is expected to meet with Abbas again early on Sunday as part of the ongoing efforts. Negotiations are being overshadowed by Israel's refusal to halt settlement construction on war-won land and the continued rule of the Islamic militant Hamas in the Gaza Strip, one of the territories that would one day be part of a Palestinian state. The indirect format also looks like a big step backwards, following 16 years of direct, if intermittent, negotiations, including frequent meetings in 2008 between Abbas and Netanyahu's predecessor, Ehud Olmert. But Abbas has said he will not hold direct talks until Israel stops all settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital. Netanyahu has agreed to a temporary slowdown in the West Bank, but refuses to announce a construction freeze in East Jerusalem. The indirect talks were devised as a compromise, but that arrangement was thrown into doubt in March when Israel announced new plans to build 1,600 homes for Jews in East Jerusalem, enraging the Palestinians and prompting them to back out of negotiations just as they were to start. Since then, the US has worked to coax the Palestinians back to the table. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the talks would focus on the borders of a Palestinian state and security arrangements. "We believe the success of President Obama and efforts of Senator Mitchell succeeding in their endeavour means ending the occupation, the Israeli occupation that begun in '67, meaning our freedom and our independence," Erekat added. "We have been calling all along for the resumption of talks without preconditions and we are hopeful that these proximity talks will lead swiftly into direct talks between the parties," was the reaction of Israeli Prime Minister spokesperson, Mark Regev. The disagreements between the two sides remain substantial. The Palestinians want the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem - territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War - for their state, but have said they are willing to make some minor land exchanges. Netanyahu, a reluctant latecomer to the idea of Palestinian statehood, has said he will not give up East Jerusalem or key areas of the West Bank, and has posed strict security conditions. Meanwhile, Hamas on Saturday urged the PLO not to back the resumption of talks with Israel. In a newspaper interview published on Thursday, Abbas accused Hamas of undermining efforts to reconcile the two factions by challenging his administration's power in the West Bank. Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007, ousting forces loyal to Abbas, and the rift between the militants and the Western-backed Abbas have only deepened since. Hamas has said in the past it would accept any peace deal negotiated by Abbas, provided it is approved in a referendum. However, it is not clear whether that promise still stands. Hamas control of Gaza is a key obstacle to any deal, with Israel saying it cannot make concessions as long as Iranian-backed militants control a large part of what would be a Palestinian state. Abbas and his foreign backers have not come up with a plan for reclaiming Gaza. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: UK Harrods Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:UK Harrods- REPLAY Harrods department store sold to Qatari company LENGTH: 01:59 FIRST RUN: 2130 RESTRICTIONS: Pt No Access UK/RTE/CNNi/Al Jazeera English TYPE: Eng/Nat SOURCE: SKY/AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645140 DATELINE: London - 8 May 2010/FILE LENGTH: 01:59 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SKY - NO ACCESS UK/RTE/CNNi/AL JAZEERA ENGLISH ++CLIENTS NOTE AUDIO AS INCOMING++ SHOTLIST (FIRST RUN 1630 EUROPE PRIME NEWS - 08 MAY, 2010) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: London, 5 August, 2008 1. Wide of exterior of Harrods 2. Mid of Harrods awning 3. Close of Harrods logo (FIRST RUN 2130 NEWS UPDATE - 08 MAY, 2010) SKY - NO ACCESS UK/RTE/CNNi/AL JAZEERA ENGLISH London, 8 May, 2010 4. Various of Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani and former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed posing for cameras ++PART MUTE++ UPSOUND (English) Mohamed Al Fayed, former Harrods owner: "I'm getting old." 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, Qatari Prime Minister: "I assure you that Qatar holding will do their best to upgrade this monument, to make it even greater and better for the tourism and also for the British people." 6. Shoppers descending escalators inside Harrods store 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, Qatari Prime Minister: (Q: Have you been shopping here?) "If the shop will be, they will have customers like me I don't think Harrods will make profit (laughter) but maybe if it's my wife, yes (laughter)." (FIRST RUN 1630 EUROPE PRIME NEWS - 08 MAY, 2010) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: London, 5 August, 2008 8. Wide interior of Harrods casual wear department (FIRST RUN 2130 NEWS UPDATE - 08 MAY, 2010) SKY - NO ACCESS UK/RTE/CNNi/AL JAZEERA ENGLISH London, 8 May, 2010 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ken Costa, Lazard International: "This was a great legacy that Mohamed has built up - the pre-eminent luxury goods retailer in the world - he wanted it to go into the hands of a long term investor who had the vision for the future." (FIRST RUN 1630 EUROPE PRIME NEWS - 08 MAY, 2010) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY FILE: London, 5 August, 2008 10. Pan interior of casual wear department (FIRST RUN 2130 NEWS UPDATE - 08 MAY, 2010) SKY - NO ACCESS UK/RTE/CNNi/AL JAZEERA ENGLISH London, 8 May, 2010 11. SOUNDBITE (English) Voxpop, Name not given, shopper: "No honestly I wouldn't have a clue (how much Harrods was sold for), just what's inside there is a fortune isn't it?" (Reporter: 1.5 (b) billion.) "Oh yeah. He got a good deal then didn't he?" 12. Pan from red double decker bus to Harrods logo STORYLINE Mohamed Al Fayed, the flamboyant businessman who has controlled the Harrods department store in London for a quarter-century, sold the landmark business to Qatari investors on Saturday, for a reported 1.5 (b) billion pounds (2.2 billion US dollars). The Al Fayed family trust agreed to sell Harrods Group to Qatar Holding, an investment arm of the Qatari Royal family. The family's representative, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, was on hand with Al Fayed at the Knightsbridge store on Saturday to announce the deal. Al-Thani promised the store will soon be bigger and better than ever. "I assure you that Qatar holding will do their best to upgrade this monument, to make it even greater and better for the tourism and also for the British people," he told UK broadcaster Sky. For his part Al Fayed was remaining tight lipped on the reasons for his sale, stating only on Saturday that, "I'm getting old." Al Fayed, a native of Egypt, joined with his two brothers to buy Harrods in 1985. His son Dodi died with Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris in 1997, and in recent years Al Fayed has devoted much time and money to pursuing his claims that the couple were the victim of an establishment conspiracy. "This was a great legacy that Mohamed has built up - the pre-eminent luxury goods retailer in the world - he wanted it to go into the hands of a long term investor who had the vision for the future," said Ken Costa, chairman of Lazard International, the firm who brokered the deal. Qatar Holding will be the fifth owner of Harrods since Charles Henry Harrod started the business as a small grocery store in 1849. 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APTN APEX 05-08-10 2002EDT ------------------- END -- OF -- ITEM ------------------- AP-APTN-2330: Lebanon Hummus Saturday, 8 May 2010 STORY:Lebanon Hummus- REPLAY Chefs attempt to break world record for the biggest hummus serving LENGTH: 01:32 FIRST RUN: 2130 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: Eng/Nat SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 645128 DATELINE: East Beirut, 8 May 2010 LENGTH: 01:32 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST 1. Wide of chefs and onlookers standing around huge hummus plate 2. Various shots of chefs preparing hummus 3. Mid of Lebanese flag 4. Robot arm pouring hummus into giant plate 5. Two chefs pouring hummus into giant plate 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Chef Ramzi (only one name given), participant: "Today Lebanon is going to break the record that Israel registered a few months ago and we will have our own record and tomorrow we will have a new record in the falafel. Yes, we will break the record they did and we will register a new one and we are ready to break any other record they will do in the future, if they will try to do any new one." 7. Mid of people watching 8. Various shots of Guinness World Records adjudicator measuring the plate 9. Wide of giant hummus plate STORYLINE Lebanese chefs on Saturday prepared more than ten metric tons of hummus that broke a world record previously held by Israel. It is the latest shot in the two countries ongoing fight to assert proprietorship over the popular Middle Eastern chickpea paste. Some 300 Lebanese chefs prepared the huge hummus plate weighing 22,046 pounds or 10,452 kilograms, the size of Lebanon in square kilometres. That more than doubled the record achieved by cooks in an Arab town near Jerusalem in January that weighed around four metric tons and broke a previous record held by Lebanon. A Guinness World Records adjudicator confirmed that Lebanon now holds the record. Lebanon accuses Israel of stealing traditional Arab dishes like hummus and marketing them worldwide as Israeli. Hummus, made from mashed chickpeas, sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, has been eaten in the Middle East for centuries. Its exact origin is unknown, though it's generally seen as an Arab dish, but it is also immensely popular in Israel, served in everyday meals and at many restaurants, and its popularity is growing around the globe. 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