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Carlos Pacheco recording data for the beach bird study. Credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS

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

MON, AUGUST 9, 2010

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. Read More >

BRUSH ISLAND, LA – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Contractors sample surface water near Brush Island, LA on June 6, 2010. EPA has performed water and sediment sampling along the Louisiana coast since April 30 for oil related compounds and dispersants. US EPA Photo.

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

SUN, AUGUST 8, 2010

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. Read More >

Secretaries Salazar and Chu

Secretary Salazar Joins Secretary Chu in Houston to Inspect “Static Kill” Procedure

TUE, AUGUST 3, 2010

In his eleventh trip to the Gulf Coast since the oil spill began, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar traveled to the BP Command Center in Houston, Texas. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Lorna Patrick reaches into a turtle nest. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services photo by Catherine J. Hibbard.

Sea turtle hatchlings relocated from the Gulf of Mexico’s oil spill area released into the Atlantic Ocean

TUE, AUGUST 3, 2010

More than 45 threatened and endangered sea turtle hatchlings were released the night of Aug. 2, on a remote beach along Florida’s East Coast, the final stage in an unprecedented rescue effort. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - The Q4000 (center) continues preparing to begin the static kill operation in which heavy drilling mud and cement are slowly pumped into the wellhead to begin the process of killing the BP well permanently. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Scientific Teams Refine Estimates of Oil Flow from BP’s Well Prior to Capping

MON, AUGUST 2, 2010

Based on new pressure readings, data, and analysis, the U.S. scientific teams have refined their estimates of the oil flow prior to the well being capped on July 15. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - Rigs drilling a relief well and preparing the static kill are seen over the Deepwater Horizon well about 40 miles from the Southern Louisiana coast July 31, 2010. An additional rig is drilling a second relief well but is not pictured. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Drilling of Relief Well Continues

SUN, AUGUST 1, 2010

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. Read More >

Birds are cleaned and prepared for release at Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fort Jackson, La on June 30. Photo credit: Tami Heilemann-DOI

FWS Releases 36 Rehabilitated Birds Back to Wild

WED, JULY 28, 2010

Rehabilitated birds released on 100th day of oil spill response as preparations for static kill continue. Read More >

Secretary Salazar observes operations over the site of the former Deepwater Horizon platform.

Secretary Salazar Visits Offshore Drilling Rigs in Gulf of Mexico to Observe Strengthened Inspections and Safety Equipment

WED, JULY 28, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited three offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico today, where he received updates on the improved inspection process and additional safety requirements for blowout preventers and well construction. Read More >

A woman and children walk along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.  Photo by Bureau of Reclamation.

Salazar Announces National Park Service Will Waive Fees August 14 and 15

WED, JULY 28, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - One of two relief wells at the Deepwater Horizon accident site prepares for Tropical Storm Bonnie, July 23, 2010. The Q-4000 and Helix Producer oil rigs where moved in to drill in the relief wells. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer David Weydert

Seismic and Acoustic Testing Continue to Ensure Integrity of Wellhead

TUE, JULY 27, 2010

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 to ensure the integrity of the wellhead and search for and respond to anomalies. Read More >

Special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope.

Salazar Unveils Special Edition Duck Stamp Cachet Public Can Purchase to Support Gulf Wildlife Refuges

TUE, JULY 27, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, or cachet, that can be purchased for $25 -- or $10 more than the cost of a regular Duck Stamp -- to help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO - National Incident Commander, Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.) is interviewed by Raffi Khatchadourian of the New Yorker during a flight from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans that included a brief overflight of the accident site. The reporter embedded with the NIC for two days. US Coast Guard Photo by Dave Silva.

Admiral Allen Provides an Update on the BP Oil Spill Response

MON, JULY 26, 2010

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. Read More >

The 50th Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar

Salazar and Vilsack Announce Appointments to Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

FRI, JULY 23, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointments of 18 people to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. Read More >

Vice President Joe Biden is led on a tour of the boom repair area by Walt Dorn of Patriot Environmental Services, at the Theodore Staging Area in Alabama, July 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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

THU, JULY 22, 2010

In his second trip to the Gulf Coast since the BP oil spill began, Vice President Joe Biden joined National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen in Theodore, Ala. Read More >

President Barack Obama receives a briefing in the Situation Room of the White House on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, July 21, 2010. Pictured in the photo are: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson,.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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

WED, JULY 21, 2010

President Obama met with cabinet Secretaries including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other senior White House officials to receive a briefing on the administration-wide response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill. Read More >

COCODRIE, La. - A response worker anchors clean boom into the ground around an oiled marsh using bamboo poles, Monday, July 19, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela Manns

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

TUE, JULY 20, 2010

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen in a briefing discussed the federal government’s authorization for BP to continue the well integrity test for another 24 hours and the potential for severe weather in the Gulf. Read More >

Skandi ROV2 Spillcam watches for underwater leaks (2010-07-20)

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

MON, JULY 19, 2010

This morning, the President spoke on the news from the Gulf, emphasizing that while there may be good news, the work is not done containing the leak, and will not be until the relief wells are finished and functioning. Read More >

The underwater view from Skandi ROV2, as it performs leak monitoring, 2010 July 16

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

THU, JULY 15, 2010

BP began conducting the well integrity test, which is being closely monitored by the federal government. Read More >

GULF OF MEXICO—A view of the Development Driller III (left), Discoverer Enterprise and the Q4000 at dawn July 9, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson.

BP Liable for Reporting and Royalties on Oil and Gas from Leaking Well

THU, JULY 15, 2010

Interior’s chief oil and gas regulatory official has informed BP that it must report all oil and gas-related activities at the damaged Macondo well and pay royalties on all oil and gas captured from the leaking well. Read More >

First Lady Michelle Obama listens during a meeting to discuss the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Panama City Beach Welcome Center in Panama City, Fla., July 12, 2010. Carol Browner, assistant to the President for energy and climate change, also attends the meeting. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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

WED, JULY 14, 2010

This afternoon, President Obama received an update by phone from top administration officials involved in the response to the BP oil spill, including National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Read More >