The oil reaches Grand Isle

The American public has not seen a solution to the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20. Meanwhile, about 800 thousand gallons of oil leak into the ocean every day, devastating the wildlife and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Mother Jones magazine reporter Mac McClelland reported for Need to Know from Grand Isle, La.

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Comments

  • michelle

    The whole show on Grand Isle did not air. It was interrupted during the showing and a new show was then shown. What gives?

  • Toni Moreno

    WHEN IS BP’S CONTROL GOING TO BE TAKEN AWAY!!?? DAY 47 AND NO SOLUTION. SOMEONE STEP UP, QUIT WAITING FOR BP TO FIX IT, INFURIATING!

  • Joseph A. Mungai

    Obviously there was no oversight requiring strict monitoring of offshore drilling, the inevitable “result of deliberate decisions made by avaricious corporate executives, laissez faire politicians and obsequious regulators.”

    Apparently the 2 corporate owned and operated parties don’t want to infuriate the fossil fuel industry and chance violating the supreme court’s decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign contributions foreign and domestic.

    Hence, politicians won’t take the long view to prevent these kinds of catastrophes in the future. Instead they will sell us the idea that scrubbing the oil off of wildlife is a bipartisan plan to create new jobs and the illnesses caused will make us stronger allowing capitalism to thrive.

  • Jeff B

    WTF? Reporters now need permission from the BP perps to exercise 1st Amendment Rights on public land!?!
    Bill Moyers would have had plenty to say about this, instead you waste time with idiot future predictions. YOU LOST ME

  • Lora Kolodny

    PBS crew & Mac McLelland – this is an achievement. Thanks for your hard work. Regarding BP’s tactics – blocking press from access to public land – I wonder if that is legal. And I wonder why the police are willing to play ball with them on that matter. Looking forward to more coverage on this and other matters around this environmental disaster.

  • Bewildered

    We let illegal aliens enter our country every single day yet the press was denied access to public land and the government has no problem with this!! Where’s the outrage??

  • larry barnett

    i sent the white house a e mail on the
    april 30-2010 about the oil slick and explained several ways to help stop the oil well problem i will put it on the end of this.
    im getting tired of trying to help when no one listens! here is a helpful hint as my email to finish the problem,
    they should stop and think im unsure about
    that.to seal the funnel they have on it now
    a qiuck and so simple way to seal it is to take a tire as a atv to a skid steer with a very strong side wall and make a ring plate inside the tire and bolt it to the inner wall of the funnel so the sealing bead will make contact to the pipe which tires go up to 120 psi and can hold much more pressure than it shows to have .as cutting tire in half
    to use only the slip over bead and they could put more than one to stablize it .
    it then would act as a hyd cyc packing which they will hold 5000 psi this is very simple i can build it in a day
    ther is NO reason for this at all to see so many pro’s that can’t seen to do a task that will save so much is beyond me
    thank you larry barnett6–6-2010

    Hi there you guys, i hope all the stress, you guys are getting some sleep!! hey about the oil slick in the gulf
    is it possible to take like a very strong paraschout material or?? and make a pull tye at bottom and one at the top and put it arould the of the base of the blow off main, and slowly start closing to the top to gently slow the flow pressure down??
    until they can handle it to completely cut it off??maybe set rocks around base and then build it up around until it slows it down even that would help..if they could take their oil tankers and slug pump the escaped oil up and maybe try to process it on ship or at least transport it to be dulited or processed later!! i under stand how bad this could get in just a few days from now,, action is needed now..if the stand pipe is still connected you could cut it off before you try the rap or bag affect?? the robots porbley are capible to cut case on pipe another way it to design a band cla,p type as septic line around pipe or water line ball valve and slowly close off the top it would be very light and handable with very little resistance to mount it and then use shut down ball to slowly shut down . it could have a bevel 2 to 3 times to size of the pipe to set it on and slide it down to fit the pipe this would moke easer for the robots to work and they could hold on to the pipe while the set it for the view will be 0% probley but they can do this, if they clap on the pipe frist and run a pre test of the angles and lengthe with their computers before cuttting it off and just rerun the porcudures they could even run a cable to the shut off vale and stay connected to it while work is donre and then use cable to turn ball or make a timer to shut it down NASA probley has lots of material and devices to help which they are close at hand to help well i have to go to work now but i just thought this might help thanks for listening larry barnett Apr 27, 2010 02:31:42 PM, president@messages.whitehouse.gov

  • larry barnett

    as to the problems we will have i email the governer of louisinna
    and explainded that as problems will accour as to the mississippi, when the barges travel up stream who will clean them and protect the northern states form the oil!! barges will be travelings soon for the grain,
    as to the hurrican season ?will the storms carry the oil over the states as the storms do pick up warm water in the gulf, or as i explained to the governor office will it blast them and change all our weather systems forecast??we need demanding results starting now!! i really don’t care about the dum problem they show on TV about the 8 kids to what to wear, our country is in preials right now!! we should use our air time to decuss and fix our problems, its as if citizens are not smart enought to help,our goverment should be on top of this,im emailing you for that reason.I seen your show the other night expecting to see bill moyer and hey you guys are great i truely wish the best for you all
    but bill moyer is the MAN!! LOL oh he’s really great.thanks Larry Barnett 6-6-2010

  • HypocrisyPosse

    Mac McClelland should review Admiral Allen’s statement on ABC’s This Week (5/6)
    regarding access & photography/videography in spill-affected areas of Gulf

    He said he’d issued an order allowing UNRESTRICTED press access to impacted
    areas, with exceptions only for safety and impeding ongoing operations.

    Also said he wanted to hear about ANY instances where this order was not complied
    with.

  • steve the love goddess

    tare over the company put everyone to work take care of the money problem then use the money for the cleen up before they go bankrupt leave to usssssssssssss

  • Outraged

    Thank you Mac McClelland and PBS for bringing to us the news that the press and public in the USA cannot visit the Wildlife Refuge without a pass from BP. Since when does BP run our government? Oh, wait, I know! Since they convinced England and Scotland to release the Lockerbie bomber from prison so he could go home and die from cancer in peace with his family and friends (he didn’t give the people he killed a choice). A convenience for BP to then purchase oil from Libya.
    I have been boycotting BP due to that error in judgement and will continue to do so. This world is turned upside down in many ways that do not make sense.

  • SplizDaWhiz

    Yes! Another liberal show on PBS! Thank you Mac McClelland for sparing my judgement and NOT showing the other half of that mural the two young men created; one side bad BP and the other ??? we will never know because it appeared to have unflattering comments around the Obamulators picture.

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