July 18th, 2010
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New Orleans mayor says 'no quick fix' for oil disaster

Mitch Landrieu told CNN that oil will likely continue gushing until August.
Mitch Landrieu told CNN that oil will likely continue gushing until August.

(CNN) – "The catastrophic nature" of the oil disaster, "I still believe, is not fully known to us," New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN Monday. "It's really huge."

As far as the federal response, "it's never good enough. It's never fast enough," he said, adding he thinks the federal government turned a corner last week as far as getting people on the ground.

"There is no quick fix here," Landrieu said, "and I think people need to kind of get focused on that fact." He said he does not believe the underwater oil gusher will be stopped until a relief well under construction is complete in August.


Filed under: Energy • Mitch Landrieu
May 3rd, 2010
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Oil spill presents first challenge for Mitch Landrieu

 Mitch Landrieu first day as mayor will be consumed with the challenges of the massive oil spill.
Mitch Landrieu first day as mayor will be consumed with the challenges of the massive oil spill.

(CNN) - The first white mayor of New Orleans in more than 30 years steps into his first challenge as soon as he takes office Monday: the massive oil slick that is creeping to his coast.

The fallout from a ruptured undersea well off Louisiana is spewing about 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of crude a day into the Gulf of Mexico. And efforts to corral the rapidly growing oil spill have so far been unsuccessful.

The slick was still nine miles off the Louisiana coast early Monday, but seas of 6 to 10 feet have made deploying booms to fend the spill off the coast "somewhat problematic," Adm. Thad Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, has said.

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