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Allen: Well is dead, but much Gulf Coast work remainsupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 10:16:00

The ruptured Macondo well, a mile under the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, has been pronounced dead following the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, but that doesn't mean work associated with the spill is complete, the government's point man for the disaster response said Monday.

BP resumes drilling relief well in Gulf as step toward permanent sealupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 17:57:00

BP said it resumed drilling Monday on a relief well, as efforts to permanently seal the previously leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well appeared to be entering their final stages.

Public may not see failed blowout preventer from BP oil wellupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 16:07:00

The public may have seen the last video images of the failed blowout preventer from the BP oil well disaster, as authorities expressed possible security concerns.

Failed blowout preventer in Gulf oil disaster hauled aboard shipupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 17:42:00

A blowout preventer that may hold important forensic evidence as to why it failed, triggering the world's largest accidental oil spill, has been brought to the surface of the Gulf and placed on a vessel, officials said Saturday night.

Officials say effort to kill oil well still stalledupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:28:00

Thad Allen, the government's point man on the BP oil disaster, said Tuesday current weather conditions are too rough to remove the blowout preventer on BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, but winds may ease enough by the weekend for work to continue.

High seas force delay in key step needed to kill Gulf oil wellupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 12:01:00

High seas in the Gulf of Mexico have forced the postponement of an operation to remove the capping stack on the ruptured underwater oil well, detach the blowout preventer and replace it with a new one, BP said on its Twitter page Monday.

Final kill of Gulf oil well on hold as crews fish for drill pipeupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 20:56:00

Three weeks after BP plugged its crippled Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with cement and mud from above, crews are "fishing" for pieces of drill pipe that need to be removed from inside the well's blowout preventer before crews can move on to the "bottom kill" -- the permanent fix for the well.

BP moves to remove drill pipe from capped wellupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 16:24:00

BP on Saturday was conducting a "fishing" operation aimed at finding and removing up to 3,500 feet of drill pipe from the capped Gulf well.

How much oil still in Gulf?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 22:20:00

Adm. Thad Allen discusses the conflicting numbers of exactly how much oil is lingering in the Gulf.

Allen: 'Impossible to lead cleanup efforts' without BPupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 22:20:00

The government's point man in charge of the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said it is "impossible" to lead cleanup efforts without cooperation from BP.

When could 'bottom kill' happen?updated: Fri Aug 20 2010 14:51:00

Adm. Thad Allen reveals a new timeline for stopping the oil and how much cleanup the government has left.

Allen: 'Bottom kill' could be complete by week after Labor Dayupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 14:51:00

If all goes as planned, the "bottom kill" operation to permanently plug the ruptured underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico should be completed by the week after Labor Day, Thad Allen, the government's point man for the oil disaster, told CNN Thursday.

Researchers say they saw 22-mile hydrocarbon plume in Gulfupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 05:31:00

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said they detected a plume of hydrocarbons in June that was at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Allen: 'Our first goal is to do no harm' in Gulfupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 20:18:00

Two weeks after BP plugged its damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico with cement and mud from above, the next step in the process to permanently shut down the apparatus is in limbo as scientists gauge the risks posed by pressure inside the well.

How much oil is really left in the Gulf?updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 20:18:00

With conflicting numbers being released, how are we to know how much oil has actually been removed from the Gulf?

Allen: Relief well will be finishedupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:21:00

Adm. Thad Allen says that the relief well will be finished and that they will ultimately kill the well.

Crews in Gulf will go ahead with drilling of relief wellupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 14:21:00

"Everyone agrees we need to go forward with the relief well," National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday of the now-plugged BP gusher in the Gulf, adding that officials are now considering other options in addition to the relief well.

'Our job is not finished,' Obama says on the Gulf Coastupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 11:44:00

On a visit to the Gulf Coast on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that while the gushing undersea BP oil well had been capped, the administration remains committed to ensuring a full cleanup and recovery for those crippled by the disaster.

Weather halts BP work on relief wellupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 13:19:00

Adm. Thad Allen says severe weather will delay the time crews can begin the "bottom kill" procedure to cement the well

Gulf storm system becomes tropical depressionupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 05:30:00

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico as the fifth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the southeastern Gulf.

'Evacuteers' ready to come to the rescueupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 05:30:00

Tom Foreman reports on group determined to build up a program to help those who need it during emergency evacuations.

Thad Allen grades BPupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 10:58:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reflects about BP's response to the Gulf oil disaster with National Incident Commander Thad Allen.

Oil spill 'still a disaster' for parts of Gulf, Allen saysupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 06:09:00

The undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico has been brought under control, but the worst oil spill in U.S. history will continue to be felt along the Gulf Coast for some time, Obama administration officials said Sunday.

Fortune: The BP spill is already gone and forgottenupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 15:46:00

BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster may have drawn more public attention than any other oil spill, but there's a good chance that sordid history of spill cleanup efforts will repeat itself. That history is to bomb the crude with chemicals so it's out of sight, then place the incident out of mind once the slick appears to be gone.

Thad Allen: 'This is not the end'updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:36:00

National incident commander Thad Allen says cement is entering the oil well, but more work remains.

'Relief well' to follow 'static kill' in Gulf oil spill cleanupupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:36:00

The beginning of the end could be little more than a week away for the capped, sunken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico -- that is, if the latest timeline for permanently killing the ruptured well holds up.

Oil still threatens Gulf watersupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 06:23:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera goes on the hunt for oil along the Louisiana coastline and finds the disaster isn't over.

BP starts pouring cement into its undersea wellupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 10:33:00

BP began pouring cement into the undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 a.m. as part of the "static kill" procedure, the company said Thursday.

'Static kill' demonstrationupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 20:33:00

A demonstration shows what engineers will attempt on the temporarily-capped BP well.

BP delays test for 'static kill' maneuver in Gulfupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 20:33:00

A crucial test -- meant to determine whether an effort to seal the ruptured BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could proceed -- has been delayed because of a small leak, the company said Monday.

Thad Allen 'optimistic' over static killupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 22:13:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks to Ret. Adm. Thad Allen about the operation that could happen as early as Sunday.

Feds, parish presidents discuss cleanup at "contentious" meetingupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 22:13:00

What's next now that the oil stopped flowing, and what will happen when BP's crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico is finally, permanently sealed?

Unclear when abandoned, leaking well off Louisiana might be cappedupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 21:36:00

Authorities in Louisiana still don't know how long it will take to cap a well struck by a vessel off the coast, as they tried Wednesday to minimize the damage from leaking oil and gas.

Gulf crews are back, preparing to seal crippled wellupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 07:28:00

Crews are back at BP's crippled oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, preparing for two efforts to seal the well, after activity was halted over the weekend because of bad weather.

Where did all the oil go?updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 09:25:00

CNN's David Mattingly reports on efforts resuming to clean up the Gulf oil spill after a storm delay.

Vessels returning to oil spill siteupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 09:25:00

Bonnie went out with a whimper Saturday, sparing Gulf Coast residents new misery and allowing some of the vessels working on BP's ruptured oil well to return to the site.

Oil breaks up on Gulf surface as ships return to well siteupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 23:28:00

Oil left on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico is breaking down naturally now that the flow of crude has been cut off beneath the surface, a Coast Guard admiral said Sunday after touring the scene.

Storm warning in Gulf is droppedupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 11:21:00

Forecasters dropped a tropical storm warning for the Gulf Coast region as Tropical Depression Bonnie weakened, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

Bonnie brings light flooding to Floridaupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 11:21:00

The weather system known as Bonnie didn't pack the punch many South Florida residents were expecting. WSVN reports.

Stormy weather threatens efforts in Gulfupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 23:17:00

Adm. Thad Allen addresses possible tropical storm threat to the recovery effort in the Gulf oil spill.

Confidence is high as tropical storm heads toward Gulfupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 18:36:00

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Thursday that a cap placed over the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico will remain sealed even if a tropical storm forces vessels monitoring the area to evacuate. A sealed cap means no oil is escaping.

Weather threatens oil containmentupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 18:36:00

Tropical Depression 3 has formed and is moving west over the Bahamas, posing a threat to containment efforts in the Gulf.

Potential storm heading for the Gulf?updated: Wed Jul 21 2010 21:14:00

A severe weather system heading northwest over the Caribbean could threaten the Gulf. CNN's Jacqui Jeras reports.

'Static kill' similar to 'top kill' strategy for halting oil spillupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 15:22:00

Here are answers to some basic questions about the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Seepage detected in Gulfupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 15:22:00

In a letter to BP, Adm. Thad Allen says a seep has been detected and must be evaluated.

Scientists weighing new option for shutting down oil wellupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 11:22:00

As tests continue Tuesday on BP's ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are weighing a new option for permanently sealing it.

What caused the BP explosion?updated: Tue Jul 20 2010 11:22:00

A federal panel begins a week of hearings into the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

CNNMoney: BP stock slips 5% on concerns about leakupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 14:52:00

BP's stock price slipped 5% on Monday after a U.S. government official sparked concerns about oil seeping out of the capped well into the Gulf of Mexico.

Testing proceeds on BP's undersea well past 24-hour markupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 18:51:00

The verdict so far: generally good news but still some uncertainty about whether there's a leak in BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico, now fitted with a containment cap.

No oil leaking as BP conducts critical pressure tests in Gulf oil wellupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 02:36:00

A highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within BP's ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well finally began Thursday, and for the first time in nearly three months, oil stopped flowing into the Gulf.

BP gets go-ahead on well 'integrity test'updated: Thu Jul 15 2010 03:05:00

Adm. Thad Allen says BP can proceed with the integrity tests on a new capping stack on its oil well in the Gulf.

BP "pleased" with containment cap operation so farupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 16:41:00

BP said Sunday that it is "pleased" with how the operation to place a new cap on its ruptured undersea well is proceeding.

Advances in fighting oil leak could come this weekendupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 23:51:00

A dual-pronged effort to stop the oil gushing from BP's runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico shows promise for this weekend, the head of the government's response team said Friday.

Despite choppy Gulf weather, optimism for oil cleanup effortsupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 12:10:00

Despite rough weather, the head of the U.S. oil disaster cleanup believes that the placement of a new containment cap and the deployment of key air and sea resources will eventually stop the massive amounts of oil from gushing out of a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Where is the oil?updated: Tue Jul 06 2010 12:10:00

CNN's Randi Kaye tracks the movement of the Gulf oil spill and the areas that it has affected.

Where are the skimmers?updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 20:17:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Julia Reed and John Young about why more skimmers have not been deployed to the Gulf.

House passes bill on oil-spill damages; weather slows cleanupupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 20:17:00

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that removes limits on financial damages that can be awarded for accidents off the U.S. coastline, such as the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers.

Storm expected to dodge Gulf oil slickupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 19:41:00

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen explains how Tropical Storm Alex could impact oil cleanup and recovery efforts.

60,000 barrels of oil processed by July?updated: Fri Jun 18 2010 15:54:00

Admiral Thad Allen updates media on the oil spill recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Allen: Relief wells ahead of schedule; could reach goal in 3-4 weeksupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 16:39:00

Drilling of two "relief wells" -- viewed as the ultimate solution to the Deepwater Horizon gusher -- continue to be ahead of schedule, and the first well could reach its goal in three or four weeks, several weeks ahead of the projected mid-August date, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said Thursday.

A day in the life of Adm. Allenupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 15:41:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips spends a day with Admiral Thad Allen as he deals with the worst oil disaster in history.

CNNMoney: Oil response team demands BP transparencyupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 12:02:00

Adm. Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard commandant overseeing the response to BP's oil spill, sent a letter to Chief Executive Tony Hayward demanding more information on compensation provided to people affected by the disaster.

CNNMoney: Louisiana to BP: Show me the moneyupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 09:42:00

For thousands of people put out of work in the Gulf because of the oil spill, BP's checks to pay for lost wages and income are just not coming fast enough, if they come at all. The state of Louisiana is demanding that BP's claims database be made public so it can understand what's the holdup.

Oil disaster cleanup: Who's in charge?updated: Sun Jun 06 2010 14:56:00

Admiral Thad Allen addresses frustrations of Gulf mayors who think BP and the government are moving too slow.

Cap's first day collects 6,000 barrelsupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 15:01:00

Natl. Incident Commander Thad Allen says the oil collected will increase, but the ultimate solution is the relief wells.

Sealing the cap vents not easyupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 23:05:00

CNN's Tom Foreman explains the difficulty in sealing the vents on the capped oil well in the Gulf.

BP says oil flowing from ruptured well to ship on Gulf surfaceupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 23:05:00

On day 46 of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP began to siphon oil from the ruptured undersea well to the surface, where it was flowing onto the awaiting drill ship Discover Enterprise.

BP robots steer cap to spewing wellupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 22:30:00

Robot submarines steered a new cap to BP's ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday in the company's latest attempt to rein in the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

BP drops diamond saw; 'top hat' back in playupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 21:53:00

BP has abandoned use of the diamond wire saw that jammed, thwarting the company's latest attempt to slow the Gulf oil spill, and will instead use the giant robotic-arm cutting device that made Tuesday's successful first cut on the leaking well's riser, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told CNN Wednesday.

Obama visits devastated Gulfupdated: Sat May 29 2010 15:08:00

Pres. Obama speaks about the oil spill during his visit to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

BP resumes pumping mud in attempt to cap oil wellupdated: Sat May 29 2010 15:08:00

BP resumed pumping heavyweight drilling mud Friday in its attempt to cap a breached oil well in what the company's top executive described as an "environmental catastrophe."

Obama promises support to oil-stricken region over the long haulupdated: Fri May 28 2010 21:22:00

President Obama returned from a tour of the oil-stricken Gulf Coast on Friday and vowed to do all he could to help area residents and businesses clean up the mess and recover financially.

Feds give partial OK to Louisiana dredge planupdated: Thu May 27 2010 17:40:00

The federal government gave partial approval Thursday to Louisiana's plan to keep oil out of coastal estuaries by dredging up new barrier islands, the official leading the government's response to the Gulf of Mexico spill said.

Plaquemines Parish president blasts federal response to oil spillupdated: Wed May 26 2010 18:55:00

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser on Wednesday blasted the federal government's response to the oil spill that has fouled more than 100 miles of the state's coast, and called for its point man to step aside.

Government has authority to lead spill response, but may lack know-howupdated: Mon May 24 2010 18:26:00

Legally, President Obama can effectively fire BP and have the federal government take over efforts to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The question is whether that would help the situation.

Napolitano 'heartsick' over oil spillupdated: Mon May 24 2010 18:26:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will do everything possible to clean up gulf oil spill.

Official: BP 'devastated' by Gulf oil spillupdated: Sun May 23 2010 12:56:00

The managing director of BP on Sunday defended his company against a perceived lack of credibility, insisting that "nobody is more devastated" by an underwater oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP director: BP is 'devastated'updated: Sun May 23 2010 12:56:00

BP Managing Director Robert Dudley talks about the distrust felt toward the company on Capitol Hill.

'Top kill' planned to stop oil leakupdated: Sat May 22 2010 13:10:00

A "top kill" method intended to stop the runaway flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico will likely be tried early next week, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said Friday.

Louisiana restaurants sue BP for spillupdated: Sat May 22 2010 13:10:00

Several restaurant owners and suppliers have filed a lawsuit to collect damages from BP. WWL reports.

Watch-and-wait game continues for Gulf Coast residentsupdated: Mon May 03 2010 12:35:00

Ben Stone knows quite a bit about disasters.

Oil wreaks havoc on Gulf Coast livelihoods before it arrivesupdated: Sat May 01 2010 22:36:00

As Gulf Coast residents wait for a huge oil slick to reach their shores, the spill and the massive response already have begun wreaking havoc on livelihoods in a region where jobs are largely dependent on two ocean intensive industries: seafood and tourism.

As oil spill nears Gulf Coast, experts issue dire warningsupdated: Sat May 01 2010 22:19:00

Gulf coast residents braced Saturday for the arrival of a massive oil slick creeping toward shore as nearly a million feet of boom were deployed in an effort to protect precious estuaries and wildlife -- even as thousands of barrels of crude continued gushing into the water.

Coast Guard seizes $8.4 million worth of cocaineupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 22:54:00

The U.S. Coast Guard seized seven tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $8.4 million in what one officer called "the most dangerous operation of my career."

Hunting drug trafficking subsupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 13:10:00

The Coast Guard is seeing more drug trafficking using semi-submersibles. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Coast Guard hunts drug-running semi-subsupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 13:10:00

Sophisticated submarine-like boats are the latest tool drug runners are using to bring cocaine north from Colombia, U.S. officials say.

Criminal probe into oil spillupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 18:55:00

The U.S. Coast Guard announces a federal criminal probe into the San Francisco Bay oil spill.

Crew of ship that hit Bay Bridge isn't talking to NTSBupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 18:55:00

The crew of the ship that ran into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the water last week has retained lawyers and is not complying with requests for interviews from the National Transportation Safety Board, a board member said Wednesday.

NTSB sends team to investigate Bay Bridge oil spillupdated: Sat Nov 10 2007 21:18:00

A National Transportation Safety Board team was on its way to California Saturday to probe why a container ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge earlier this week, spilling 58,000 gallons of oil into the water.

Coast Guard tries to deal with noose incidentsupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 14:30:00

The head of the U.S. Coast Guard and a congressman planned to travel to the Coast Guard Academy on Thursday to speak to cadets about the discovery this summer of two small hangman's nooses on Coast Guard properties.

Katrina's odd coupleupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 17:29:00

The men charged with rebuilding New Orleans -- Mayor Ray Nagin and President Bush's Katrina recovery chief, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen -- are an unlikely pair.

Mayor halts return to New Orleansupdated: Mon Sep 19 2005 02:37:00

Mayor Ray Nagin halted the return of New Orleans residents to the city Monday, citing the threat from the strengthening Tropical Storm Rita.

Feds, locals out of sync on repopulationupdated: Sun Sep 18 2005 10:09:00

More New Orleanians are expected to return to their city Monday despite local and federal officials being at odds about when and how evacuees should come home.

Admiral asks New Orleans residents to delay returnupdated: Sat Sep 17 2005 07:08:00

New Orleans business owners started trickling into the city on Saturday and residents were expected to return next week, but the head of the federal government's response to the storm said he wished they wouldn't.

Allen: Pumping capacity No. 1 challengeupdated: Sat Sep 10 2005 21:31:00

The Coast Guard officer in charge of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts for the federal government said Saturday his priority is to remove water from New Orleans as quickly as possible -- and he intends to coordinate the groups providing aid.

Admiral takes over Katrina reliefupdated: Fri Sep 09 2005 08:54:00

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen will replace FEMA director Michael Brown as the on-site head of hurricane relief operations in the Gulf Coast, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced Friday afternoon.

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