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Oil Industry Builds Well Capping System (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-07-15

Duration: 00:05:53

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | OIL INDUSTRY | Marine Well Containment Company


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Alford, Jeremy Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Massey, Martin W. Interviewee
  • Epstein, Lois N. Speaker
  • John, Chris Interviewee


This segment from the July 15, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Jeremy Alford’s report on the creation of an oil well capping system by the Houston-based Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), a non-profit organization created by ten major oil companies that operate in the Gulf of Mexico. This report includes: Martin W. Massey of MWCC discussing the capping system at a meeting of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESAC) in New Orleans; OESAC member Lois N. Epstein questioning Massey on why the system was not built prior to the 2010 BP Oil Spill; and an interview with Chris John of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association on his hopes that MWCC will place one of the capping systems in Louisiana. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford