The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill
Prepared by the Joint Information Center
UPDATED September 2, 2010 7 PM
* For a full timeline of the Administration-wide response, visit the White House Blog.
PAST 24 HOURS
Capping Stack Successfully Removed
NOAA Re-Opens More than 5,000 Square Miles of Closed Gulf Fishing Area; Approximately 82 percent of Federal Waters Remains Open
Between July 27 and August 11, 2010, NOAA sampled the area for both shrimp and finfish, including mackerel and snapper. Sensory analyses of 123 samples and chemical analyses of 183 specimens that were composited into 27 samples followed the methodology and procedures in the re-opening protocol, with sensory analysis finding no detectable oil or dispersant odors or flavors, and results of chemical analysis well below the levels of concern. NOAA will continue to take samples for testing from the newly re-opened area. The agency also implemented dockside sampling to test fish caught throughout the Gulf by commercial fishermen.
Federal Scientists Meet with Gulf Coast Academic Scientists to Refine Subsurface Oil Monitoring Plans
Under Admiral Allen’s direction, a comprehensive plan is being developed to evaluate the distribution and degradation of oil and dispersants in the near shore and offshore waters and sediments of the Gulf of Mexico. This week’s meetings provided a forum to discuss the goals, strategies and implementation of this plan with the academic and private research community and seek their input.
Dozens of Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released Along Florida’s East Coast
Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service, NOAA, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, devised the rescue plan to prevent the hatchlings from encountering oil as they entered the Gulf of Mexico. Sea turtle conservation groups were also consulted, and FedEx transported the eggs 500-plus miles per run with minimal vibration and close temperature control. The relocation effort was suspended two weeks ago.
FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region
Shoreline Cleanup Operations Continue Along the Gulf Coast
Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $25 Million
Independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility Disbursements Surpass $24 Million
To date, 38,547 claims have been opened through the GCCF, from which more than $24 million have been disbursed—in addition to the more than 150,000 claims filed and $395 million disbursed through the BP claims process. For information on how to file a claim, visit the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Web site. Additional information about the claims process and all available avenues of assistance can be found at www.disasterassistance.gov.
By the Numbers to Date:
*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.