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July 29th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Gulf fishermen still skeptical of seafood

A man poses with fish he caught while sport fishing off a pier in Grand Isle, Louisiana. (Getty Images)

Editor's Note: The sea has lost its lure for hundreds of men and women who make a living off the Gulf of Mexico. Many of them have been idled for months as the BP oil spill keeps thousands of square miles of ocean off-limits to fishing. Last week, a ban on one-third of those waters was lifted. Now, seafood industry officials and Louisiana's governor want the rest of the Gulf reopened. But as our Jim Acosta reports, a lot of fishermen are going to need a little incentive to get them back in the water. Watch Video

By Jim Acosta and Bonney Kapp

(CNN) – With the oil dissipating faster that expected, Louisiana seafood officials want BP to lure the state's fishermen back to the water.

Many of Louisiana's 12 thousand fishermen have gotten accustomed to serving as cleanup workers since the oil spill began, drawing paychecks from BP instead of from the Gulf of Mexico.

Ewell Smith, executive director of the state's Seafood Promotional and Marketing Board, is asking BP to offer a bonus to fishermen who return to their old jobs.

"It's a commonsense approach to put fishermen back to work to help mitigate claims against them," Smith said.

Under the state's proposed "Back to the Docks" program, BP would pay fishermen an additional 30 cents for every dollar of seafood they catch. Now that BP is closing in on killing the well, company spokesman Larry Thomas said the oil giant is considering Smith's proposal.


Filed under: Business • Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
July 28th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Incoming BP CEO says worst may be over

(CNN) – One hundred days after an oil well operated by BP ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, and 13 days after crews finished capping the well to contain the previously-gushing crude, the company's incoming Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley says the worst may be over.

"I think - no guarantees - but I believe there will be no more oil flowing into the Gulf as of the 15th of July," Dudley told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday.

Dudley, who BP elevated Tuesday to replaced current Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward on October 1, said resolving the crisis is "the single-highest priority for BP going forward."

"The only way you can build a reputation is not just by words, but by action," Dudley said. "I picked up that people think that, well, once we cap this well, we're somehow going to pack up and disappear. That is certainly not the case. We've got a lot of cleanup to do. We've got claims facilities. We've got 35 of those around the Gulf coast.

"As of this morning, we wrote a quarter of a billion dollars in checks, for claims. There's still more to go. We know that. We haven't been perfect at this. But it's a deep, deep personal commitment from me for BP and the many people in the Gulf coast to make this right in America." Read more

Interactive: Not over yet: A story of many threads
The Gulf Coast oil disaster is made up of many facets: the lives, the numbers, the science, the economy, the wildlife and more. The worst U.S. spill began April 20, and the consequences could last decades. Explore some of the threads of this unfolding story. See full page interactive

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 28th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The oil in the sand you can't see

(CNN) – Sometimes it's the enemy you can't see that poses the most serious threat. That's why it could take years before we know the full extent of the damage that's been done to the Gulf of Mexico. Our Rob Marciano found out that thick, black oil doesn't always leave an obvious stain. Watch Video

100 days later, devastation and hope as oil spill efforts take hold

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
July 27th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Tony Hayward in hindsight

BP CEO Tony Hayward stands on the deck of the Discover Enterprise drill ship during recovery operations May 28, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. (Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – BPs embattled CEO is out. Tony Hayward, the executive who said he wanted his life back, got his wish earlier this morning. He'll be replaced in October by American Robert Dudley. The oil giant's second quarter earnings are also out this morning. BP is reporting a bruising $17 billion loss.

Back in early May, our David Mattingly conducted a never-before-seen interview with Hayward at the beginning of the response effort. Watch Video


Filed under: Business • Gulf Oil Spill
July 22nd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

'Bird bartender' nursing Gulf pelicans back to health

CNN's Rob Marciano reports on a warehouse converted to a bird rescue center where oiled birds get rehabilitated and released.

(CNN) – No exaggeration is necessary when describing the sheer scope of the environmental tragedy that's now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. It is an unprecedented disaster and when it comes to dealing with all the damage it requires an unprecedented response. Our Rob Marciano reports on the story of one woman who is answering the call. Watch Video

Program Note: Join Rob Marciano for his special report, "Rescue: Saving the Gulf," this Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. He'll take you inside the largest, most ambitious cleanup job ever.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 21st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Exclusive look at Navy airship aiding Gulf cleanup effort

A U.S. Navy MZ-3A manned airship provides logistical support for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (U.S. Navy photo via Getty Images)

(CNN) – Rough seas, high winds and thunderstorms are the last thing cleanup crews in the Gulf of Mexico need right now. It's challenging enough to spot oil slicks and skim them off the ocean surface in calm conditions. But a new tool is helping crews put a small dent in this enormous disaster. It's a blimp, and we have been granted exclusive access to climb aboard. Our Rob Marciano and Amber Lyon report. Watch Video


Filed under: Exclusive • Gulf Oil Spill
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