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Top Officials Reiterate Administration’s Commitment to Long-term Gulf Recovery



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UPDATED August 8, 2010, 7:00 PM

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


Top Officials Reiterate Administration’s Commitment to Long-term Recovery

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner reiterated the administration’s commitment to long-term recovery in the Gulf Coast and to completing the relief well to ensure the well is permanently sealed, speaking on several morning television news shows.

"We’re just moving to a different phase. Obviously, we’re delighted there’s not going to be a source for the oil, but if you’re in Barataria Bay or the Chandeleur Islands or Mississippi Sound or see the oil coming ashore on the beaches of Alabama and Florida, what you need to understand is we’re going to keep cleaning it up. We’ve got a commitment to be there," Allen said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

"BP is responsible. We’re going to hold them accountable. And I would say this has been the largest environmental response in the history of this nation, and we’ll continue until the cleanup is done."

Relief Well Drilling and Acoustic Monitoring Continue

As pressure tests showed that the procedure to prevent any more oil from spilling with a cement plug appears to have succeeded, Development Driller III continues the drilling of the relief well to ensure the well is permanently sealed. 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.

FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From the Houma, La., Incident Command Post, 279 field personnel, 84 vessels and four helicopters participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions. From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, wildlife recovery teams responded to 35 calls on the Wildlife Hotline. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

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.