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

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

Prepared by the Joint Information Center

UPDATED August 30, 2010 7 PM

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


Admiral Allen Provides an Update on the Impacts of Severe Weather on the Response

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen provided a briefing to inform the American public and answer questions on the administration-wide response to the BP oil spill. Admiral Allen reported on the suspension of removal operations for the capping stack and blowout preventer due to elevated sea states caused by severe weather. A full transcript is available here.

FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From Houma, La., Incident Command Post, 248 personnel, 75 vessels and three helicopters have been deployed for reconnaissance and recovery operations. From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, 18 two-person teams, 19 vessels participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions, responding to 54 calls on the Wildlife Hot Line. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $24.7 Million

SBA has approved 282 economic injury assistance loans to date, totaling more than $24.7 million for small businesses in the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill. Additionally, the agency has granted deferments on 873 existing SBA disaster loans in the region, totaling more than $4.7 million per month in payments. For information on assistance loans for affected businesses, visit the SBA’s Web site at, call (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or email

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, 1,125 are active.
  •  More than 26,600 personnel are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines.
  • More than 4,200 vessels are currently responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup effortsin addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.
  • Approximately 1.8 million feet of containment boom* and 9.17 million feet of sorbent boom have been deployed to contain the spilland approximately 2.49 million feet of containment boom and 2.55** 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 applied1.07 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 506 miles of shoreline are experiencing light to trace oil impacts—approximately 232 miles in Louisiana, 96 miles in Mississippi, 64 miles in Alabama, and 114 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.   

**The decrease in sorbent boom staged is a result of the transfer of some sorbent boom to a staging facility in Memphis, Tenn., where it can be redeployed to the Gulf if needed. The decision to move the sorbent boom was based on decreasing demand for its use, the higher cost of storing it along the Gulf Coast, and the threat of severe weather.