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Unified Area Command Weekly Update

NEW ORLEANS — The following information is an operations update from the Unified Area Command for the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Approximately 20,642 personnel are currently responding to protect the shoreline, wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines.
  • More than 31,000 water and sediment samples have been taken throughout the Gulf of Mexico in the search for residual subsurface oil.
  • More than 601 tons of recyclable waste, including oily liquid & oily solid waste, has been processed.
  • To date, 89% of closed fisheries have been reopened.
  • Approximately 104 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline is currently experiencing moderate to heavy oil impacts-approximately 94 miles in Louisiana, 9 miles in Mississippi and 1 mile in Florida.
  • Approximately 485 miles of shoreline are experiencing light to trace oil impacts-approximately 230 miles in Louisiana, 80 miles in Mississippi, 60 miles in Alabama, and 115 miles in Florida.

These numbers reflect a weekly 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.


  • For information about the response effort, visit
  • For specific information about the federal-wide response, visit To contact the Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center, call (713) 323-1670.
  • To submit alternative response technology, services, or products, call 281-366-5511.
  • To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.
  • For information about validated environmental air and water sampling results, visit
  • For National Park Service updates about potential park closures, resources at risk, and NPS actions to protect vital park space and wildlife, visit
  • For Fish and Wildlife Service updates about response along the Gulf Coast and the status of national wildlife refuges, visit
  • For daily updates on fishing closures, visit
  • 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
  • For information on how to file a claim, visit the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) Web site. In addition, has been enhanced to provide a one-stop shop for information on how to file a claim and access additional assistance-available in English and Spanish.
  • Any members of the press who encounter response personnel restricting their access or violating the media access policy set forth by Admiral Allen should contact the Joint Information Center at the above listed telephone numbers.

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