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The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill

Prepared by the Joint Information Center

UPDATED August 28, 2010 7 PM

* For a full timeline of the Administration-wide response, visit the White House Blog.


Administration Continues Dockside Chats to Promote Gulf Seafood Safety Awareness

Senior Obama Administration officials today continued a series of dockside chats with events in Panama City and Pensacola, Fla.—designed to engage fishers, shrimpers, oystermen and crabbers, as well as local officials and promote accurate information about the safety of Gulf seafood from waters open to fishing.

The series of eight dockside chats—held in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Panhandle communities in coordination with state governments—include representatives from various state and federal agencies that play a vital role in the government-wide effort to manage fisheries, test and monitor seafood, regulate the seafood industry and test environmental factors related to seafood, such as water and air. 

54 Rehabilitated Birds Released Back to Wild

As part of continued efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hammond Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released 54 rehabilitated birds back to the wild at Rabbit Island—including 48 Brown Pelicans and six Laughing Gulls. To date, more than 1,000 birds have been released throughout the Gulf Coast since the BP oil spill began.

FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, 18 two-person teams, 19 vessels and one helicopter participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

By the Numbers to Date:

  • The administration has authorized the deployment of 17,500 National Guard troops from Gulf Coast states to respond to this crisis; currently, 1,134 are active.
  • More than 29,700 personnel are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines. 
  • More than 4,300 vessels are currently responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup efforts—in addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units. 
  • Approximately 1.81 million feet of containment boom* and 9.16 million feet of sorbent boom have been deployed to contain the spill—and approximately 2.32 million feet of containment boom and 3.48 million feet of sorbent boom are available.
  • More than 34.7 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered.
  •  Approximately 1.84 million gallons of total dispersant have been applied—1.07 million on the surface and 771,000 sub-sea. Approximately 577,000 gallons are available.
  • 411 controlled burns have been conducted, efficiently removing a total of more than 11.14 million gallons of oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and wildlife. Because calculations on the volume of oil burned can take more than 48 hours, the reported total volume may not reflect the most recent controlled burns. 
  • 17 staging areas are in place to protect sensitive shorelines. 
  • Approximately 127 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline is currently experiencing moderate to heavy oil impacts—approximately 111 miles in Louisiana, 11 miles in Mississippi, 3 miles in Alabama, and 2 miles in Florida. Approximately 520 miles of shoreline are experiencing light to trace oil impacts—approximately 235 miles in Louisiana, 96 miles in Mississippi, 65 miles in Alabama, and 124 miles in Florida. These numbers reflect a daily snapshot so that planning and field operations can more quickly respond to new impacts; they do not include cumulative impacts to date, or shoreline that has already been cleared. 
  • Approximately 48,114 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters remain closed to fishing in order to balance economic and public health concerns. Approximately 80 percent remains open. Details can be found at
  • To date, the administration has leveraged assets and skills from numerous foreign countries and international organizations as part of this historic, all-hands-on-deck response, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, the European Union’s Monitoring and Information Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency.

*The decrease in boom numbers is due to the continued recovery of displaced boom. Once recovered, this boom must be decontaminated, repaired, inspected, and certified before being staged or redeployed. New boom is being deployed in some areas.