NEWS HEADLINES - ANCHORS: BIANNA GOLODRYGA, DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: RON CLAIBORNE (NEW YORK, NY USA)

NEWS HEADLINES - ANCHORS: BIANNA GOLODRYGA, DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: RON CLAIBORNE (NEW YORK, NY USA)

Page 1 45 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript May 23, 2010 Sunday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 8:36 AM EST NEWS HEADLINES ANCHORS: BIANNA GOLODRYGA, DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: RON CLAIBORNE (NEW YORK, NY USA) LENGTH: 235 words CONTENT: GULF, OIL SPILL, TRAIN, SHIVERS, DROP-SIDE, CRIB RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) Good morning again, Dan and Bianna. Good morning, everyone. GRAPHICS: HEADLINES GRAPHICS: GULF OIL SPILL RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) In the news, BP says it needs to continue using a controversial chemical dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico. The company says Corexit is the only dispersant available in large enough quantities.

But the EPA has asked the company to use a less toxic chemical.

GRAPHICS: TRAIN DERAILMENT RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) In China, at least eight people were killed when a passenger train derailed after hitting mud in dirt covered tracks. The railroad tracks had been buried by a landslide. GRAPHICS: DROP-SIDE CRIB BAN RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And the Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to approve a ban on drop-side cribs that could be in place by early next year. At least 32 children have died in accidents involving the cribs since 2000. GRAPHICS: BUCKET LIST RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And finally, 80-year-old Ruth Shivers has accomplished another item on her bucket list by skydiving from 5,000 feet in the air.

Before the end of the year, she plans to ride in a Zeppelin and run with polar bears. RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) If she rode on a polar bear, that would be something. But that is a quick look at the headlines. Over to Marysol with the weather.

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Page 3 146 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript July 8, 2010 Thursday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 7:11 AM EST NEWS HEADLINES ANCHORS: ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS REPORTERS: JUJU CHANG (NEW YORK, NY USA), JEFFREY KOFMAN (BURAS, LA USA) LENGTH: 886 words CONTENT: GULF, OIL SPILL, ALLEN, DUGARD, GARRIDO, SMITH, MAIER JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) Good morning, Robin and George.

And good morning, everyone. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We begin in the Gulf, where the oil spill is now 80 days in. GRAPHICS: DAY 80 CRISIS IN THE GULF JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) As oil continues to gush, there is new hope that the leak could soon be capped. GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF: DAY 80 GRAPHICS: RELIEF WELL REALITY CHECK GRAPHICS: IS THE END IN SIGHT? JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Jeffrey Kofman is in Buras, Louisiana. Good morning, Jeffrey. JEFFREY KOFMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And good morning to you, Juju. You know, on day 80, so much of it is about the numbers.

How much oil is actually leaking or, or being captured from that, that leaking well, and how long before they actually kill it? JEFFREY KOFMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) It seemed like an ambitious promise, capturing most of the escaping oil. But that is what the President said. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (UNITED STATES) In the coming weeks and days, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well. JEFFREY KOFMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Three weeks later, no change. Those two ships at sea are capturing and burning 25,000 barrels of oil a day, about half of the estimated flow from the leaking well.

Officials insist this is the problem. Bad weather has delayed plans to attach a third containment ship to the leak, more than doubling capacity. That should happen by the weekend.

Page 4 NEWS HEADLINES ABC News Transcript July 8, 2010 Thursday ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN (INCIDENT COMMANDER FOR US COAST GUARD) When we do that, we estimate we'll have a, a capacity up to 53,000 barrels a day. JEFFREY KOFMAN (ABC NEWS) And the relief wells? The lead well is now almost 18,000 feet down and barely 200 feet from its target. BP and the Coast Guard are sticking publicly to a mid-August kill date. But they are now so close that there's a lot of reason to expect a July surprise, an early kill, news that cannot come too quickly.

JEFFREY KOFMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Now "The Wall Street Journal" reports another reason why BP really wants to kill this well before the end of July.

It's - scheduled to deliver its quarterly earnings report on July 27th. The company has lost half of its stock value since this crisis began, and it's desperate to show it finally has the upper hand. Juju? JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Jeffrey Kofman, thanks for the latest from the Gulf. And we should also point out that a federal appeals court hears arguments today on whether the Obama administration's ban on deepwater drilling should be reinstated. GRAPHICS: TOUR BOAT TRAGEDY JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) In other news, two tourists are missing after a sightseeing trip turned tragic.

JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) They were among the merely 40 passengers thrown overboard, when their disabled tour boat was hit by a barge, flipped over and then sank in Philadelphia. Most were plucked from the river in a frantic rescue operation. GRAPHICS: MISSED OPPORTUNITY JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, newly-released documents reveal some disturbing and embarrassing new details in the Jaycee Dugard case.

JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) California parole agents actually spoke to Dugard while she was being held captive for 18 years, but they never followed up, missing another chance to rescue her from the suspect, Phillip Garrido, who was a paroled rapist. GRAPHICS: SUSPECT CAUGHT JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, a convicted child molester - suspected of kidnapping and returning a 4-year-old Missouri girl is in critical condition, after shooting himself in the head. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Police say they were about to question a man identified as Paul Smith, in connection with Alisa Maier's abduction, but he shot himself as they approached.

GRAPHICS: VEHICLE PROBLEMS JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Toyota is attempting to get out in front of any future problems. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The automaker is opening six new offices across North America to study problems and customer complaints. Toyota has recalled more than 8 1/2 million vehicles since October. GRAPHICS: EARTHQUAKE

Page 5 NEWS HEADLINES ABC News Transcript July 8, 2010 Thursday JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, while the East Coast was baking, the West Coast was shaking. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) A 5.4 magnitude earthquake rumbled across Southern California, Wednesday.

But if you ask these people heading for the doors, they say it felt much stronger than that. The good news is - no major damage and no injuries to report. And that's the news at 7:15. You know, it was centered about - 28 miles north of Palm Springs. ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) A lot of people, though, were, were emailing and saying that they thought it was the big one. I mean, when, when it's happening to you like that, you think it's so much worse than it is. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Yeah. And seismologists think that it's related to the Mexico quake of, back in Easter.

That the fault lines are shifting.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) I like that, shake and bake, Juju. ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) I try, a little poetry in the morning. ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) All right. Juju, thank you. Time now for the weather. Marysol Castro, as you know, is in for our Sam Champion. Good to see you again, Marysol. LOAD-DATE: July 8, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Transcript Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Page 6 475 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript August 16, 2010 Monday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 7:44 AM EST GULF OPEN FOR FISHING; IS SEAFOOD SAFE? ANCHORS: ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS REPORTERS: MATT GUTMAN (BURAS, LA USA) LENGTH: 871 words CONTENT: GULF, OIL, SPILL, SHRIMP, FISHING GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) It is a big day on the Gulf Coast.

Louisiana waterways are opening just in time for shrimp season. And the big question, will this save the season for the Gulf Coast commercial fishermen who've been sidelined by the oil spill or could the catch be too contaminated to sell and eat?

GRAPHICS: GMA INVESTIGATION GRAPHICS: GULF OPEN FOR FISHING GRAPHICS: IS SEAFOOD SAFE? GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Matt Gutman has been checking it out and has this exclusive report from Buras, Louisiana. Hey, Matt. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Hey, good morning, George. Well, the shrimping season began just a short time ago. There are already hundreds of boats out on the water. And the FDA says these are safe to eat. Shrimpers have been telling us otherwise. So we spent the past week investigating whether, in fact, that's the case.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Just this weekend, we spotted crabs scurrying through this sludge.

The FDA, NOAA and the state have today opened these waters for fishing, waters that shrimper, Patrick Hue, believes are contaminated. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Patrick, we just stirred up some of this water, and all this oil came up. PATRICK HUE (FISHERMAN) Yeah. It's, it's a lot of oil on the bottom out here that people don't see, you know? Out of sight, out of mind. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) We motored out with Hue to catch shrimp and other fish in these bays and send those samples to a state of the art lab at Texas Tech. Just a few miles from shore, Hue cast his first net.

We trolled for a few minutes and scooped up our haul. First, the shrimp.

Page 7 GULF OPEN FOR FISHING; IS SEAFOOD SAFE? ABC News Transcript August 16, 2010 Monday PATRICK HUE (FISHERMAN) They're nice shrimp. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) After a closer look, Hue changed his mind. PATRICK HUE (FISHERMAN) This one looks like he'd been walking through the oil, and this one looks like he'd been swimming in the water. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) His nephew, Randy Cognevich, took it a step further. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Would you eat this shrimp? RANDY COGNEVICH (FISHERMAN) I'm skeptical. Probably not, not right now until I really hear the truth out of somebody's mouth saying it's safe or not.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) We wrapped them, jotted down the GPS coordinates, and put them in a cooler. Then, we motored to a different location and found flounder and baitfish. Finally, to the oysters.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) During the season, how often would you come out here? PATRICK HUE (FISHERMAN) Every day. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) At risk in these waters, this seafood's reputation and fishermen's livelihoods. PATRICK HUE (FISHERMAN) If somebody was to get sick with this, it, it would ruin our, our whole image. We get it safe, we go back to work happily. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Back on land, we sealed those coolers and overnighted the samples to Texas Tech. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) There, a team of 15 scientists received them and tested every edible part of the fish for the presence of oil and dispersant.

RON KENDALL (DIRECTOR OF TEXAS UNIV DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY) The analysis that we conducted, although on a small number of samples sent to us by "Good Morning America," we were not able to find any evidence of oil residues. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Which, if consumed over time, can cause cancer. No dispersant was found either. Kendall also notes the sample size was too small to declare all Gulf seafood safe. In response to our investigation, the FDA's commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, wrote, "We recognize that long terms efforts are required to ensure the safety of Gulf seafood, and remain vigilant in our continued collaboration with all state and federal agencies." GRAPHICS: QUOTE FROM MARGARET HAMBURG MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS)

Page 8 GULF OPEN FOR FISHING; IS SEAFOOD SAFE? ABC News Transcript August 16, 2010 Monday (Off-camera) George, now Kendall and other independent scientists have told us it could be months, maybe even years on down the road before those carcinogens can be found. And the clean bill of health for Louisiana seafood, it may have come too late. Its reputation is already tarnished. Restaurants don't wanna buy it, and manufacturers are putting on huge restrictions on shrimpers just to sell it. George. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Even though our test reinforced what the FDA had already found.

Okay, Matt Gutman, thanks very much. It is now 7:48. And coming up in the next hour, Rachael Ray is here with her new best ever burger recipe and a new way to help you get meals on the table lightning fast.

GRAPHICS: COMING UP GRAPHICS: BEST BURGERS EVER! COMMERCIAL BREAK ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, they are not just in your bedroom anymore, bedbugs. ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Their ranks are rising to epidemic proportions, even being found in clothing stores. How to spot them? How to stamp them out? GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Plus, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the saga continues. After the split, what happens to little Tripp? We're gonna tell you the details of an unusual custody agreement. That's coming up in our next hour. COMMERCIAL BREAK SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) "Good Morning, America" is brought to you by...

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Page 9 491 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript May 25, 2010 Tuesday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 7:49 AM EST UNDER THE WATER; DIVING IN TO SEE THE DISASTER ANCHORS: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ROBIN ROBERTS REPORTERS: SAM CHAMPION (VENICE, LA USA) LENGTH: 679 words CONTENT: GULF, OIL, SPILL, DIVE GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And we want to go back to Sam in Venice, Louisiana, for the watercooler. Sam, I know you've been getting questions all morning about that dive. And we want to get to some of the viewer questions. But first, you know, you were saying off camera, this is the most challenging assignment you've ever had? SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Yeah.

No doubt about it, George. And I, I can't stress enough. First of all, let me just say that there are people who do what we did every day. It's their career. They're deep water divers. They're commercial divers. They go down. They work on the rigs. They fix the rigs.

GRAPHICS: UNDER THE WATER GRAPHICS: DIVING IN TO SEE THE DISASTER SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) They put all of this other stuff together. And they wear that equipment. But you're in that heavy suit and you're baking in there. And that's a 30 pound helmet that they put on your neck. And then, clamp in. It's an awkward type position. It's a lot of heavy equipment. And like I said, it was tough for me, toughest thing I've done. But there are folks who do that every day.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Boy, we got to remember that. Okay. Here's a question from Lou521.

Sam, there was a shot of a dying birdie. What reports do you have of dying fish, birds and flora in Louisiana?" SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We definitely came across some fish floating in - some of the oil. And there's a, there's a, this is the difficult thing about the dispersant. The dispersant apparently is not making that thick coating on top of the surface. And that's what birds get trapped in. So the folks who are here are ready to rescue birds, they're used to seeing the birds come in with that thick oil coating that would be floating on the top. And they would clean them off and put them back in the wild after they rescue them.

But here, they don't really know what the damage is, because the birds are diving into that oil. And they may just be getting a speckled kind of coating of it and then flying away. So when you see the bird, you don't really know that it's been affected by what we showed you this morning in the picture.

Page 10 UNDER THE WATER; DIVING IN TO SEE THE DISASTER ABC News Transcript May 25, 2010 Tuesday ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, you bring up dispersants. We got a, we got a lot of questions about that. But also, first of all though, Sam, from Karen in Pennsylvania. She wants to know about the hurricane season. Of course, it's, it's coming up. 'What would it do to the oil in the Gulf? What would be the effect on land? Would it be worse for it to come on land miles in or stay in the Gulf and possibly come up the East Coast?" That's a very good question. SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Robin, you and I were sitting right there at the desk talking about this before I left.

Hurricane season, a big concern to everybody, and it kicks off, I believe, next week. So what we're talking about here is a storm and no one knows. There have been studies that said, if you put, sprayed an oil coating on the water, would it make hurricanes less strong? But they never had a chance to investigate that. What I can tell you is if this storm creates a storm surge or if a hurricane we're talking about creates a storm surge and takes that oil inland...

ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Right. SAM CHAMPION (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) ...it's a nightmare for any community that has to deal with not only the water and the cleanup and the damage of the storm surge, but now toxic oil on top of the entire community. So the thing is, you got to get it stopped and you got to get it cleaned up. Any storm through there is a nightmare. JUJU CHANG (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And clearly, the controversy on dispersants will continue because the EPA says no, but BP continues to push. And that continue, that story will continue.

ROBIN ROBERTS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Sam, thanks so much.

We'll get back to you in just a little bit. So to come here, Sarah Ferguson, caught on tape, trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. COMMERCIAL BREAK LOAD-DATE: May 25, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Transcript Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Page 11 499 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript May 8, 2010 Saturday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 8:34 AM EST HEADLINE NEWS ANCHORS: BILL WEIR, BIANNA GOLODRYGA REPORTERS: RON CLAIBORNE (NEW YORK, NY USA) LENGTH: 213 words CONTENT: OIL SPILL, E. COLI, HICKEL, ELEPHANT RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) That is right, well, they believe it may be a methane gas bubble that caused the April 28th explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico. GRAPHICS: GULF OIL SPILL RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Workers are now lowering a concrete and steel box over the largest leak, in hopes of stopping the oil from gushing into the Gulf.

GRAPHICS: CONTAMINATED LETTUCE RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And a farm in Arizona may be the source of a widespread E. Coli outbreak that has forced a lettuce recall in 23 states. At least 19 people have gotten sick so far. GRAPHICS: HICKEL DIES RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Former Alaska Governor Walter Hickel, who was once President Nixon's Interior Secretary, has died at the age of 90. Nixon fired Hickel in 1970, after he criticized the administration's handling of Vietnam War protests after the Kent State shootings.

GRAPHICS: NEW ADDITION RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And finally, a cute and big, very big baby elephant was born this week at the Houston Zoo in Texas.

His name is Baylor. And he weighs almost 350 pounds. RON CLAIBORNE (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) That is a quick look at the headlines, over to Marysol with the weather. LOAD-DATE: May 10, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

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Page 13 511 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript July 3, 2010 Saturday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SATURDAY 6:35 PM EST CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 75 ANCHORS: DAVID MUIR REPORTERS: MATT GUTMAN (BURAS, LA USA) LENGTH: 620 words CONTENT: OIL SPILL, BP, NUNGESSER, ZUKUNFT, A WHALE GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Now, though, to the battle all along the Gulf Coast.

GRAPHICS: OIL SPILL GRAPHICS: DAY 75 DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) It is now day 75 of the crisis, and there is a war of words erupting over the real number of skimmers out in the Gulf. The federal government says one thing, and an outspoken critic told our correspondent today, they're lying or ignorant.

GRAPHICS: MAP OF LOUISIANA DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Let's get right to Matt Gutman in Louisiana tonight with more on this back and forth. Matt? MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) David, you've interviewed Billy Nungesser so many times, you know that he minces no words. But now saying that BP and the Coast Guard are lying or are ignorant about how many skimmers there are on these waters is something that's harshest critic yet. But what is clear, 10 weeks in, there simply aren't enough skimmers out there to block all of that oil.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) A battle brewing tonight between local officials and BP and the Coast Guard over the most basic tool of the oil cleanup, skimmers.

GRAPHICS: OIL CLEANUP MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The Coast Guard says 550 skimmers have been deployed. REAR ADMIRAL PAUL ZUKUNFT (US COAST GUARD)

Page 14 CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 75 ABC News Transcript July 3, 2010 Saturday We are going to more than double the number of skimmers over the next two-week period. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser accuses BP and the Coast Guard of playing an elaborate shell game. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Those skimmers seem to only exist on paper? BILLY NUNGESSER (PRESIDENT OF PLAQUEMINES PARISH) When we start to check in, those numbers actually didn't exist in those parishes. I still don't know who's in charge. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But even he couldn't specify the number of skimmers, and that frustration filters down even to some fishermen hired by BP to work on those skimmers.

FISHERMAN (MALE) I did what I was told to do. Be a good little boy and wait. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Earlier this week, Hurricane Alex rattled the Gulf, keeping skimmers docked. Storms and six-foot seas hampered efforts today. But one skimmer was at sea, A Whale, the world's largest skimming vessel, said to be able to gobble up 20 million gallons of oil a day. It plowed the waters just five miles from the spill site. This was its first trial. REAR ADMIRAL PAUL ZUKUNFT (US COAST GUARD) Just that volume alone, you know, it's worth looking at. You know, it's the effectiveness now that remains to be seen.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And a sliver of good news to mitigate the Fourth of July gloom here. BP says the two relief wells are ahead of their August target date. The first relief well is just feet away from that crippled well. But for those back on land, this is a grim holiday weekend.

EDDIE SPENCE (MIKEE'S OYSTER BAR) We've had adversities before and this is one that I never could imagine. So it's a little tough right now. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, little appetite for a Fourth of July staple, fireworks. CHARLES LENORMAND (OWNER OF EMPIRE FIREWORKS) Today is the day before the Fourth of July. We should have people in here, you know, big time. But, I mean, you got one man in here. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And the reason that fireworks vendor Charlie LeNormand is so upset is this, David. BP is gonna have its own fireworks display tomorrow.

LeNormand says it's going to kill his business, though he does acknowledge that other people, residents here, will be able to enjoy those fireworks. David?

DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) All right, Matt, thanks. LOAD-DATE: July 5, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Transcript

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Page 16 514 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript June 20, 2010 Sunday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SUNDAY 6:34 PM EST SAFE TO EAT?; GULF OIL SPILL DRIVES UP SEAFOOD PRICES, WORRIES DINERS ANCHORS: DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: TJ WINICK (BAYOU LA BATRE, AL USA) LENGTH: 388 words CONTENT: OIL SPILL, FICARINO GRAPHICS: SAFE TO EAT? DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) President Obama, you may remember this, he made a point last week during his visit to the Gulf to sample some seafood from the local waters, saying it was safe to eat.

But across the country, people are starting to have their doubts, and that is adding to the misery along the Gulf.

GRAPHICS: MAP OF ALABAMA DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) TJ Winick is in Alabama. TJ WINICK (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The fishermen of Bayou La Batre are battling fact and fiction. The real oil that has shut down more than 80,000 square miles to fishing and the perception that seafood caught anywhere in the Gulf isn't safe to eat. DOMINIC FICARINO (SEAFOOD PROCESSOR) I don't fear it myself. I'd go home and eat it tomorrow. If I didn't - if I didn't believe in it, I wouldn't produce and catch it at this time.

TJ WINICK (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Dominic Ficarino is a fourth generation seafood processor.

Just last week, a supermarket chain asked if they could advertise his Gulf shrimp as Texas shrimp. DOMINIC FICARINO (SEAFOOD PROCESSOR) They were concerned that if you advertise it as they have in the past as Gulf production that people would be scared to buy it. TJ WINICK (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The Gulf sends its seafood around the country. 1200 miles north in New York City, diners today also expressed concern.

PEDESTRIAN (FEMALE)

Page 17 SAFE TO EAT?; GULF OIL SPILL DRIVES UP SEAFOOD PRICES, WORRIES DINERS ABC News Transcript June 20, 2010 Sunday I mean, you're worried about, well, is this gonna be contaminated or what? Yeah, I think it's gonna really affect people. PEDESTRIAN (FEMALE) We don't know if the things we're eating are being cleaned properly or if they're being infected. And that can affect our health. CLIP FROM "FORREST GUMP" TJ WINICK (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) In this fishing capital, where even Forrest Gump started his shrimping business, Dominic's sales are off by 40%.

He has a message for those nervous customers in New York.

DOMINIC FICARINO (SEAFOOD PROCESSOR) We're gonna stay on top of that, as well as our state and local agencies, federal agencies, and I would ask them to support us at this time. TJ WINICK (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Tomorrow, Dominic is expecting FDA inspectors at his processing plant. They will go through his inventory, even eating some of it themselves, to make sure it is 100% safe. Dan? DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) TJ Winick, thank you. LOAD-DATE: June 21, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Transcript Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Page 18 515 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript June 20, 2010 Sunday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SUNDAY 6:30 PM EST CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 62 ANCHORS: DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: DAVID KERLEY (WASHINGTON, DC USA) LENGTH: 411 words CONTENT: BP, OIL SPILL, MARKEY GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Good evening.

Man and science have been unable to stop the oil. So along the Gulf today, they tried a new approach, asking for divine intervention. DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) The state of Louisiana declared this a day of prayer to end the disaster. But on this day 62, the oil continues to spread east, with tar balls now hitting more of Florida's white sand beaches.

GRAPHICS: THE FACTS DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Also tonight, there's a fresh PR problem for BP, a corporate document surfaced today in which the company warns that 100,000 barrels of oil a day could spill into the Gulf in a worst case scenario. DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) They never said anything like that publicly. In fact, at the time that memo was written, the company was insisting the spill was only 5,000 barrels a day. So we start our coverage tonight with David Kerley in Washington. DAVID KERLEY (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Tonight, proof that BP believes the spewing well has a worst case scenario of leaking 100,000 barrels of oil every day.

REPRESENTATIVE ED MARKEY (DEMOCRAT BP has either been lying or grossly incompetent from day one. I think that they have been trying to limit their liability. DAVID KERLEY (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) BP says the document was written and given to Congress in early May. It says 100,000 barrels a day could leak if the blowout preventer is removed, and the company's calculations are wrong. Markey doesn't believe the well is leaking 100,000 barrels, but thinks we should be prepared for the worst case. This is only the latest in a long list of numbers, from no leak to 1,000 barrels a day, to...

Page 19 CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 62 ABC News Transcript June 20, 2010 Sunday TONY HAYWARD (CEO Around 5,000 barrels a day.

ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN (COAST GUARD) Twelve to 19,000 a day. ROBERT GIBBS (WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY) Up to 60,000 barrels. DAVID KERLEY (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) BP is dismissing the importance of that document and the 100,000 barrel a day estimate. A spokesman telling ABC News, quote, "That number is obviously irrelevant. That was a worst case scenario," adding that BP has no intention of removing the blowout preventer.

DAVID KERLEY (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) One of the scientists who helped determine the latest flow estimate agrees, saying without a catastrophic event, the well should continue to flow at about 45,000 barrels a day, with nearly half leaking right into the Gulf of Mexico. David Kerley, ABC News, Washington. LOAD-DATE: June 21, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Transcript Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Page 20 516 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript June 19, 2010 Saturday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SATURDAY 6:30 PM EST CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 61 ANCHORS: DAVID MUIR REPORTERS: SHARYN ALFONSI (BURAS, LA USA) LENGTH: 632 words CONTENT: BP, OIL SPILL, HAYWARD, HUTTO, SVANBERG GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Good evening.

We begin tonight with a brand new round of oil and anger in the Gulf, especially when people learned of this today. BP's embattled CEO who famously said he wanted his life back might just be getting his wish.

DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Today, he was out at a yachting event, a glitzy race in England amid reports he's now stepping back from the spotlight. Hard to reconcile these images with this one, that live picture of the oil still spewing from that well. GRAPHICS: OIL SPILL GRAPHICS: DAY 61 DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And if you've lost count, we're now at day 61 in this crisis in the Gulf. We begin tonight with Sharyn Alfonsi leading our coverage from Louisiana. DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And, Sharyn, how is BP explaining this one tonight? SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Well, by Twitter, of course, Tony Hayward sent a message saying the spill is still his top priority.

But in communities like this across the Gulf, that's now a hard sell.

SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) They are the pictures that have jaws dropping around the Gulf. Today, BP's CEO Tony Hayward's 52-foot yacht racing off the coast of England, sailing along the pristine waters of the Isle of Wight, even as oil continues to spew in the Gulf, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) What does that say to you that with all this going on, he's out there on a yacht racing around?

Page 21 CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 61 ABC News Transcript June 19, 2010 Saturday CINDY HUTTO (FISHERWOMAN) That he really doesn't give a flying flip about any of us.

That's amazing. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Especially upsetting, because as Hayward glided over the water, BP was struggling with another setback under the water, a blocked gas vent that shut down its oil collection vessel for 10 hours. The oil gushed till 7:30 this morning. GRAPHICS: STATEMENT FROM BP SPOKESMAN SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) A spokesman for BP says Hayward's day off was "a rare moment of private time" and said that "no matter where he is, he's always in touch with what is happening within BP." SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Does he look like a guy who's in charge to you? CINDY HUTTO (FISHERWOMAN) No.

No. I don't know who's in charge. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Even BP officials now seem confused. CLIP FROM "SKY NEWS" SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Yesterday, BP's chairman told Britain's "Sky News" Hayward was being relieved from the day-to-day operations dealing with the leak.

CARL-HENRIC SVANBERG (CHAIRMAN And now he has been around for eight weeks, he's now handling, handing over the, the operations, daily operations to Bob Dudley, and he would be more home and be there and be here. But I think it's been a, it's been a difficult period. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But today, a BP spokesman said, "Until the leak is capped, Tony Hayward is still very much in charge." SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Does it look like a guy who's in charge to you? FISHERMAN (MALE) Oh, no, I, I don't think he's ever been in charge. I don't think anyone is in charge.

That's the problem. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Hayward, who after the spill complained he wanted to get his life back, seems to be moving in that direction.

CINDY HUTTO (FISHERWOMAN) The whole way of life on this end of the world is changing little by little by little. I don't think he cares. SHARYN ALFONSI (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And Tony Hayward issued a statement today, saying he was looking forward to having Bob Dudley support him, which seems to indicate that he may not be stepping down. His role, unclear. David? DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) All right. Sharyn alfonsi starting us off in the Gulf tonight.

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Page 23 518 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript June 13, 2010 Sunday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SUNDAY 6:30 PM EST CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 55 ANCHORS: DAN HARRIS REPORTERS: MATT GUTMAN (VENICE, LA USA) LENGTH: 701 words CONTENT: OIL SPILL, BP, OBAMA, WATSON, AXELROD, BRIAN GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Good evening. With critics calling his response to the oil spill weak, President Obama is now trying to assert some more control. GRAPHICS: OIL SPILL GRAPHICS: DAY 55 DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Tonight, he's demanding that BP create a huge compensation fund for victims of the spill, setting an aggressive tone for what is shaping up to be a big week.

GRAPHICS: THE FACTS DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Monday, the President starts a two-day visit to the Gulf. Tuesday, he's gonna give his first primetime address on the disaster. Wednesday, he meets with the increasingly unpopular BP CEO Tony Hayward. And on Thursday, Hayward goes to testify before Congress, which could get interesting. DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We have three reporters on the spill story tonight. GRAPHICS: MAP OF LOUISIANA DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) We're gonna start with ABC's Matt Gutman, who's on the Gulf Coast in Venice, Louisiana. DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Matt, good evening.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS)

Page 24 CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 55 ABC News Transcript June 13, 2010 Sunday (Off-camera) Good evening to you, Dan. And just moments ago, we heard about thick black oil washing on shore just a few miles away from here, deep in the Mississippi River Delta. And as that oil well keeps gushing out of control, President Obama is running out of patience. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Turning from cooperation to coercion, the administration has ordered BP to submit a plan to finally contain this oil tonight. And ramping up the pressure, the administration announced it would legally force BP to set up a special account to cover cleanup cost and compensate those out of work, a system modeled after the 9/11 victims fund.

CLIP FROM "MEET THE PRESS" DAVID AXELROD (WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISER) And we wanna make sure that that money is independently administered so that they won't be slow-walked on these claims.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) BP's embattled board is holding an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the fund, a bitter pill for a company that has already lost $85 billion in market value. At the same time, the President will travel to Alabama and Florida, where oil now blankets the once white beaches, and skimmers battle two rust-colored plumes lurking off the coast. The President comes as the relationship between the government and BP is dissolving. Tonight, we spoke to the Coast Guard official who slapped BP with that ultimatum for a new plan by tonight. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) How tough are you willing to be on BP? REAR ADMIRAL JAMES WATSON (US COAST GUARD) Well, we're gonna be as tough as we have to.

I think we've put some very steep challenges on BP and on the oil drilling industry in this case.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But Admiral Watson admits he still needs BP. REAR ADMIRAL JAMES WATSON (US COAST GUARD) We must keep everybody in the game. I don't wanna lose any tools in my toolbox. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) BP says it will respond to that ultimatum again in letter form tonight. But the company's officials tell ABC News their plans haven't changed, and analysts say there's not much the government can do about it. DANIELLE BRIAN (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT) This is definitely not a game-changer. This is really sort of saber rattling. DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Matt, the other day, a BP official was quoted as saying that the leak will be down to a trickle by Monday or Tuesday.

That official now says he was misquoted. But what do we know about the effort to collect the oil at this point?

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Dan, BP says that through its top cap method, it's managing to siphon up about 50% of the oil. That's 600,000 gallons a day. They say by next week, they could ramp that up to a million gallons a day. But still, getting to that trickle point, they don't think they'll get there until mid-July. So the Coast Guard is stepping in and thinking, now that hurricane season is upon us, to tell BP to take a more aggressive stance to contain all of that oil. Dan? DAN HARRIS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Matt Gutman on the Gulf once again for us tonight, thank you.

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Page 26 519 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript June 12, 2010 Saturday SHOW: WORLD NEWS SATURDAY 6:33 PM EST CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 54 ANCHORS: DAVID MUIR REPORTERS: MATT GUTMAN (HOUMA, LA USA) LENGTH: 687 words CONTENT: BP, OIL SPILL, SUTTLES, OBAMA, RAYNO GRAPHICS: CRISIS IN THE GULF DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We turn further south now, where it is now day 54 in this crisis in the Gulf. And some of the new facts tonight. GRAPHICS: OIL SPILL GRAPHICS: DAY 54 DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) We heard meteorologists today warn that pieces of the slick are now getting swept up in that loop current that everyone had been so concerned about, quite possibly sending oil towards south Florida.

GRAPHICS: THE FACTS DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And also this evening, the federal government and the Coast Guard are now telling BP they'd better have a new plan to capture much more oil in place by tomorrow.

GRAPHICS: MAP OF LOUISIANA DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Matt Gutman is in Louisiana tonight. And, Matt, the big question this evening is, why should we believe this demand will work? MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Good evening, David. Well, that's the question most people are asking here, especially after seven weeks of pronouncements by BP that they have found the solution to fix this well. Now they are taking heart tonight. The government is taking a publicly tougher stance against BP, and for the first time, setting deadlines. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) New images tonight of that storm of oil in the Gulf and mounting pressure on the company that's responsible for it.

Noting that the estimates of the spill have doubled this week, the Coast Guard's Rear Admiral James Watson

Page 27 CRISIS IN THE GULF; OIL SPILL: DAY 54 ABC News Transcript June 12, 2010 Saturday demanded BP siphon more oil from this gushing well and improve backup systems in case its top cap system fails, and he wants it by tomorrow. It's a deadline BP says it's trying to meet. DOUG SUTTLES (CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR BRITISH PETROLEUM) We're looking at everything we had in place and we're looking to see if there's anything more we can do, and we will respond by tomorrow night. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) A far cry from this rosy prediction two weeks ago. CLIP FROM "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" DOUG SUTTLES (CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR BRITISH PETROLEUM) It probably won't capture all of the flow, but it should capture the vast majority.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But less than half of the oil has been contained. It comes after weeks of tension between BP and the Obama administration's increasingly angry statements.

CLIP FROM "TODAY SHOW" PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (UNITED STATES) We talked to these folks because they potentially had the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Until recently, BP and the Coast Guard held daily joint press conferences. No more. We flew out in a Coast Guard helicopter to survey the spill site, and those swirls of oil are now coiling around the Florida Panhandle. Pensacola Bay has now been boomed off, and the oil may be spreading farther. RESIDENT (FEMALE) The thought of the shoreline being covered in oil or the birds being covered in oil is nauseating.

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) Alabama Department of Public Health has issued advisories against swimming at most of its beaches. And now it could spread farther.

BERNIE RAYNO (ACCUWEATHER.COM) There's a possibility of that in the Bahamas. MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And according to BP documents, the permanent pipeline to capture all of that leaking oil might only be in place by late July. Between now and then, another Exxon Valdez size spill might have oozed into the Gulf. DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) And Matt, I wanted to get back to what we heard from meteorologists today, that that powerful loop current everyone was so concerned about might have picked up some of this oil. You reached out to the federal meteorologists, scientists at NOAA.

What are they telling you?

MATT GUTMAN (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) David, they are much more cautious about that. However, so many meteorologists out there are saying it's not a matter of if, but when those tentacles of oil get into the loop current, thread the Florida Keys and possibly move up the Atlantic coast. David? DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) All right. Not if, but when. Matt Gutman again tonight. Thanks very much.

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Page 29 527 of 1000 DOCUMENTS ABC News Transcript May 3, 2010 Monday SHOW: GOOD MORNING AMERICA 7:30 AM EST BP CEO TAKES QUESTIONS; UNDER FIRE FOR SAFETY ANCHORS: ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS REPORTERS: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (NEW YORK, NY USA) LENGTH: 737 words CONTENT: OBAMA, GULF, OIL SPILL, BRITISH PETROLEUM, HAYWARD GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) But we are gonna begin with more on the Gulf Coast oil disaster. GRAPHICS: BREAKING NEWS GRAPHICS: BP CEO TAKES QUESTIONS GRAPHICS: UNDER FIRE FOR SAFETY AND COST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) President Obama spoke in Louisiana yesterday, stressing that the responsibility for the catastrophe lies on the shoulders of British Petroleum.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (UNITED STATES) Let me be clear. BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill. But as president of the United States, I'm gonna spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) That was the President yesterday. And for more on this, we are now joined by the chairman of British Petroleum, Tony Hayward. Thanks very much for joining us this morning, Mr. Chairman. TONY HAYWARD (CEO Good morning, George. Thank you for the opportunity. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) British Petroleum has been under some criticism for its safety record in the past.

You had a major blast at a Texas City refinery back in 2005. A Labor Department official is quoted this morning in "The Wall Street Journal," saying, "There is a systemic safety problem across the company." GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) How do you respond to that? TONY HAYWARD (CEO

Page 30 BP CEO TAKES QUESTIONS; UNDER FIRE FOR SAFETY ABC News Transcript May 3, 2010 Monday I think we've made enormous strides as a company in the last three or four years with a remorseless focus on safe, reliable operations. This wasn't our accident. This was a drilling rig operated by another company. It was their people, their systems, their processes. We are responsible not for the accident, but we are responsible for the oil and for dealing with it and cleaning the situation up. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) You're not responsible for the accident? TONY HAYWARD (CEO The drilling rig was a Transocean drilling rig.

It was their equipment that's failed. It's their systems and processes that were running it.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) But as you say, you are responsible... TONY HAYWARD (CEO We're responsible for the oil and cleaning, we are responsible to deal with the oil, contain it on the surface and clean it up. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) So you, that is a huge responsibility right now, plugging the leak, protecting the coast and paying for the cleanup. As I said with, with Secretary Napolitano, this could end up costing tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars in the long run. Can BP afford it?

TONY HAYWARD (CEO Well, we are clearly focused on minimizing the overall impact.

We're a big company and we intend to deal with this. We take this responsibility incredibly seriously. We absolutely will prevail and we will deal with it. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Voiceover) And finally, so there were reports over the weekend that BP was requiring those affected by the spill to sign waivers that would limit BP's liability, also confidentiality agreements. Some lawyers representing those people - have gone to court. Will BP stop requiring those waivers and those agreements in order to provide relief? TONY HAYWARD (CEO Yeah, we've done that. That was an, an early misstep, George, frankly.

We were using a standard contract. We've eliminated that. In the course of the last 48 hours, we've signed up - 700 fishing vessels to deal with the, in the event that the oil gets close to shore, we, I would expect that to be over 1,000 before the end of the day. We've trained in the last 48 hours over 3,000 people in how to deal with the oil if it gets to the shore. So we have an enormous operation ongoing here, both with the federal authorities and particularly the Coast Guard, who've been fantastic, and with the local communities. And success on the shore will be through the wholehearted engagement of the local communities.

And that's what I spent all day yesterday doing. I talked to fishermen, I talked to National Guardsmen. I talked to people who just turned up to come and help.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) Okay. Well, good luck with the effort. Mr. Hayward, thanks very much for your time this morning. TONY HAYWARD (CEO Thank you very much. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (ABC NEWS) (Off-camera) BP meeting with federal officials this afternoon. Now we're gonna go straight to the Gulf Coast. Sam Champion has the weather. Sam? LOAD-DATE: May 4, 2010

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