Ships In The Gulf Maneuver Around Oil Spill
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Eileen Fleming of member station WWNO reports on the broader economic damage that could come from the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon rig.
EILEEN FLEMING: Gary LaGrange is president of the Port of New Orleans. He's keeping a close eye on what federal officials are saying about where the oil slick is headed.
GARY LAGRANGE: If a port is closed, the leak in the chain of economic development and the movement of commerce is gone to hell in a hand basket, and we simply cannot allow that to happen. This country cannot allow that to happen at this point.
FLEMING: Minerals management spokesman John Callahan says the Deepwater Horizon disaster has barely caused a blip in production.
JOHN CALLAHAN: There's been a very small handful of natural gas rigs that have voluntarily decided to shut in - which means cease production - due to the Deepwater Horizon accident. But there hasn't been a great impact on oil or gas production in the Gulf so far.
FLEMING: For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.
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