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Update: The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill



 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
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Joint Information Center

Phone: (713) 323-1670
(713) 323-1671

Prepared by the Joint Information Center
UPDATED July 15, 2010, 7:00 PM

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


Federal Government Closely Monitors BP Well Integrity Test

BP began conducting the well integrity test, which is being closely monitored by the federal government. Earlier today, Admiral Allen issued the following statement:

“We’re encouraged by this development, but this isn’t over. Over the next several hours we will continue to collect data and work with the federal science team to analyze this information and perform additional seismic mapping runs in the hopes of gaining a better understanding on the condition of the well bore and options for temporary shut in of the well during a hurricane. It remains likely that we will return to the containment process using this new stacking cap connected to the risers to attempt to collect up to 80,000 barrels of oil per day until the relief well is completed.”

DOI Notifies BP of Liability for Reporting & Royalties on Oil and Gas from Leaking Well

The Department of Interior has informed BP that it must report all oil and gas-related activities at its damaged well and pay royalties on all oil and gas captured from the leaking well. The company also will be liable for royalties on lost or wasted oil and gas if it is determined that negligence or regulatory violations caused or contributed to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent leak.

The Interior Department’s chief oil and gas regulatory official, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Michael Bromwich, officially notified BP in a July 15 letter, noting that the company’s failure to fulfill these obligations could be considered a knowing and willful violation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act. For more information, click here.

EPA Officials Continue to Oversee BP’s Waste Management Efforts

Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Mathy Stanislaus visited a waste site in Grand Isle, La., today with representatives from the Sierra Club, Gulf Coast Fund, Gulf Restoration Network and BISCO Environmental.

On June 29, the U.S. Coast Guard, in consultation with EPA, issued a directive to BP outlining our expectations for the management of waste and materials collected in the Gulf oil spill response. The directive ensures that BP's waste plans will receive community input, that all of their operations will be fully transparent, and that state and federal authorities will have strong oversight roles throughout the process.

Successful Controlled Burn

Favorable weather conditions allowed responders to conduct a successful controlled burn operation. As part of a coordinated response that combines tactics deployed above water, below water, offshore, and close to coastal areas, controlled burns efficiently remove oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and wildlife. To date, 377 controlled burns have removed nearly 11 million gallons of oil from the water.

Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From the Houma, La., Incident Command Post, a total of 282 personnel, 85 vessels, five helicopters and two plans participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions, responded to reports of oiled and injured wildlife received on the Wildlife Hotline. From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, 35 two-person teams, 29 support personnel and 11 vessels responded to 24 calls. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $13.8 Million

SBA has approved 168 economic injury assistance loans to date, totaling more than $13.8 million for small businesses in the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill. Additionally, the agency has granted deferments on 648 existing SBA disaster loans in the region, totaling more than $3.5 million per month in payments. For information on assistance loans for affected businesses, visit SBA’s Web site at, call (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or email

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, 112,254 claims have been opened, from which more than$191 million have been disbursed. No claims have been denied to date. There are 1,101 claims adjusters on the ground. To file a claim, visit 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

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