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Achenblog: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Oil slathers Louisiana

It's here. No more waiting. See this map from NOAA. My story in tomorrow's paper, scorching off the press: GRAND ISLE, LA. -- It has become an epic contest between water and oil along the Gulf Coast. Government officials have...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 22, 2010; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Oil spill a lot more than 5,000 barrels a day

Now we know: The oil spill is 5,000 barrels a day PLUS all the stuff that's still gushing from the two leaks at the bottom of the gulf. The 5,000 barrel estimate by NOAA and repeated ad nauseum by the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 20, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
 
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Louisiana seafood, hold the oil

So I didn't make the guest list last night at the State Dinner, but I will put my meal up against whatever the grub was at the White House. Went to Coop's Place in the French Quarter, sat at the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 20, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Down on the bayou (and the Mississippi River)

The Mighty Mississippi in Venice, La. It's a giant canal. Always forget to pack my swim trunks. BP didn't read the sign -- "No Dumping Area." Maybe this is the day my ship comes in. On Elmer's Island, La....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Videos of the Gulf oil spill

Joel's editor here. Joel is in WiFi-deficient Venice, La. but wanted to post these just-released videos of the Gulf oil spill. The "Crater Plume," the larger of the two active leaks, on May 8. The Crater Plume on May 10....

By Stephen Stromberg  |  May 18, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Faces of the gulf oil spill

Randy Adams, 48, construction worker, Grand Isle: "This is worse than a hurricane. We can leave from a hurricane. This we can't leave from." Harry "Chu Chu" Cheramie, 59, trawler: "That's going to kill our fishing grounds forever." Ray...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Gulf oil spill imperils Justin Bieber

Sorry, I had to stick Justin Bieber in the headline after reading, on my flight to Louisiana, a long article in the Times magazine, "Putting a Price On Words" by Andrew Rice, that made me want to consider taking the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 17, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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