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Fish and Wildlife, National Parks Service Continue Shoreline Cleanup Operations along the Gulf Coast


08/09/2010


 

 Key contact numbers
  • Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816
  • Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511
  • Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (866) 279-7983
  • Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858
  • Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401
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Phone: (713) 323-1670
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Prepared by the Joint Information Center
UPDATED August 9, 2010, 7:00 PM


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

PAST 24 HOURS

Senior Administration Officials Meet with BP Executives at the White House

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner, White House Counsel Robert Bauer, and National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and other senior administration officials met with BP executives Bob Dudley and Lamar McKay at the White House to discuss a range of issues regarding the ongoing clean up and recovery efforts in the Gulf.

They impressed upon BP the importance of living up to their commitment to long term recovery, and underscored that the Administration will remain vigilant in ensuring that promise is met. Among a variety of other issues, the administration officials also stressed the need for BP to move quickly to pay state and local government claims, and reiterated President Obama’s commitment to work with the people of the Gulf to hold BP accountable, and to address economic, health and environmental needs, and restore the beauty and bounty of the region.

Admiral Allen Provides an Update on the BP Oil Spill 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. A full transcript is available here.

Admiral Allen reiterated the administration’s commitment to continue drilling until the relief well is completed: "We believe that we have filled the casing with cement and have secured that part of the well. The job before us now is to finish the relief well, to enter the annulus from the bottom, assess its condition, and then seal the well with cement from the bottom up. That will, in our view, at that point, permanently kill the well."

Allen also stressed the continued efforts to cleanup impacted shoreline: "In the meantime, we are redoubling our efforts in the areas that are most impacted by oil. This would include the northern areas of Barataria Bay, behind the Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound, areas over in Terrebonne and Timbalier Bay as well," he said.

Relief Well Drilling and Acoustic Monitoring Continue

Development Driller III continues the drilling of the relief well to ensure the well is permanently sealed and has reached a depth of 17,909 feet below the Gulf surface, conducting ranging runs periodically as it comes closer to intercepting the wellbore. The second relief well is holding at 15,961 feet. The NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow continues conducting acoustic surveys in order to ensure the integrity of the wellhead—part of continued efforts to use the best scientific tools available in response to the BP oil spill. Pressure tests have shown that the procedure to prevent any more oil from spilling with a cement plug appears to have succeeded.

FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From the Houma, La., Incident Command Post, 279 field personnel, 86 vessels, four helicopters and one float plane participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions. From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, wildlife recovery teams responded to 34 calls on the Wildlife Hotline. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

Shoreline Cleanup Operations Continue Along the Gulf Coast

As part of continued efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats from the impacts of the BP oil spill, FWS and National Parks Service cleanup crews continued shoreline cleanup operations at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi, removing oil debris from Horn Island (3,540 lbs), Petit Bois (1,000 lbs), Cat Island (1,925 lbs) and Ship Island (1,600 lbs).

Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $19.7 Million

SBA has approved 229 economic injury assistance loans to date, totaling more than $19.7 million for small businesses in the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill. Additionally, the agency has granted deferments on 789 existing SBA disaster loans in the region, totaling more than $4.3 million per month in payments. For information on assistance loans for affected businesses, visit the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance, call (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Administration Continues to Oversee BP’s Claims Process

The administration will continue to hold the responsible parties accountable for repairing the damage, and repaying Americans who’ve suffered a financial loss as a result of the BP oil spill. To date, 145,219 claims have been opened, from which more than $324 million have been disbursed. No claims have been denied to date. There are 1,256 claims adjusters on the ground. To file a claim, visit www.bp.com/claims or call BP’s helpline at 1-800-440-0858. Those who have already pursued the BP claims process and are not satisfied with BP’s resolution can call the Coast Guard at (800) 280-7118. Additional information about the BP 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.

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