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FWS Releases 36 Rehabilitated Birds Back to Wild


07/28/2010


 

 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
Deepwater Horizon Incident
Joint Information Center

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


Prepared by the Joint Information Center
UPDATED July 28, 2010, 7:00 PM


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

PAST 24 HOURS

Admiral Allen and Federal On-scene Coordinator Admiral Zukunft Provide an Update on the BP Oil Spill Response

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and Federal On-scene Coordinator Admiral Paul Zukunft 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 provided a sequence of operations for proceeding with the static kill procedure and the drilling of the relief well. Admiral Zukunft recognized the 100th day of the response and discussed the evolution of the spill so far and anticipated response priorities going forward, including plans to develop a boom recovery strategy—to remove boom where it is no longer necessary in order to prevent further damage to marshes and sensitive areas, resulting from boom displacement during storms.

NOAA Ships, Aircraft and Scientist Continue to Support BP Oil Spill Response

As part of ongoing efforts to use the best scientific tools available in the response to the BP oil spill, NOAA continues to play a vital role in the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill response and use all scientific methods at its disposal, including satellites in space, planes in the air, ships on the water, autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders under the water, and scientists in the field.

There are five NOAA vessels currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico with missions ranging from seafood safety to detecting submerged oil. In addition, two NOAA aircraft are conducting aerial surveillance to observe marine life and measure surface oil density and thickness, and rescue boats continue to search for oiled or injured sea turtles. For a complete list of NOAA activities in response to the spill, click here.

Preparations Continue to Resume Relief Well Drilling

Development Driller III has removed the subsea containment device, or packer—which was put in place to protect the well while the site was evacuated due to severe weather—and continues preparations to complete the drilling of the relief well. Development Driller II is conducting maintenance and will hold operations and await results of the DDIII relief well. Development Driller III has drilled the first relief well to a depth of 17,864 feet below the Gulf surface and Development Driller II has drilled the second relief well—a redundancy measure taken at the direction of the administration—to a depth of 15,963 feet below the surface.

Seismic and Acoustic Testing Continue to Ensure the Integrity of the Wellhead

In order to ensure the integrity of the wellhead and search for and respond to anomalies, the research vessel Geco Topaz is conducting seismic surveys of the seafloor around the wellhead, and the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter is conducting acoustic surveys—part of continued efforts to use the best scientific tools available in response to the BP oil spill. As of this morning, the pressure continues to rise, demonstrating that it has integrity, and is currently at 6,942 pounds per square inch.

FWS Releases 36 Rehabilitated Birds Back to the Wild

As part of continued efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats in the Gulf of Mexico from the impacts of the BP oil spill, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released 20 brown pelicans at Goose Island State Park in Texas. The birds were rehabilitated at Ft. Jackson and Hammond Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in La., and the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Gulfport, Miss. FWS also released 13 laughing gulls, 2 royal terns, and 1 sandwich tern that were rehabilitated at the Hammond Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, La. To date, more than 550 rehabilitated birds have been released back to the wild.

Shoreline Cleanup Operations Continue Along the Gulf Coast

Fish and Wildlife Service and National Parks Service continue cleanup operations on NPS lands and FWS refuges along the Gulf Coast. A 314-person crew collected 628 bags and 35 pails of oiled debris during at Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa Island, Fla.

Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $17.3 Million

SBA has approved 201 economic injury assistance loans to date, totaling more than $17.3 million for small businesses in the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill. Additionally, the agency has granted deferments on 707 existing SBA disaster loans in the region, totaling more than $3.7 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; More than $250 Million Disbursed

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, 132,826 claims have been opened, from which more than $255 million have been disbursed. No claims have been denied to date. There are 1,267 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:

*Following the temporary suspension of some response operations due to then Tropical Storm Bonnie, some personnel and equipment has been reactivated in recent days. All numbers are tallied at 6:00 a.m. in the morning and reflect totals from the previous 24-hour period.

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