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Coast Guard resumes BP oil spill cleanup operations


Coast Guard resumes BP oil spill cleanup operations

NEW ORLEANS,- The Federal On Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, CAPT Duke Walker USCG, has given the all clear to resume oil spill cleanup activities in Florida and Alabama, after halting operations prior to Hurricane Isaac making landfall.  Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Strike Teams will survey operationally active shorelines to identify MC-252 oiling and prioritize future SCAT missions.  USCG personnel  assigned to SCAT Strike Teams will perform sampling to document oiling events and identify the appropriate responsible party, while cleanup operations are mounted.

     The Gulf Coast Incident Incident Management (GCIMT) remains committed to the cleanup of the Gulf Coast and all shorelines affected as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The FOSC is determined to continue response activities until all oil that can be removed without further damaging the environment is removed, creating the conditions for further restoration work.

     The public is reminded to contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to report all pollution incidents or the Coast Guard District Eight Command Center at 504-589-6225 in the event of any marine emergencies.