BP/Gulf Oil Gusher

Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill, July 25, 2010

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–July 25, 2010.


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.

Admiral Allen discussed the remobilization of response vessels at the well site to resume drilling the relief wells and performing acoustic and seismic monitoring to ensure the integrity of the wellbore—no anomalies have been detected—and reported on reconnaissance flights happening today to search for oil and boom that may have been displaced during the storm.

Allen also provided a revised estimated timeline for the static kill procedure and the relief well—based on a series of recent meetings with the federal government science team, led by Energy Secretary Chu, and BP representatives in Houston.

Preparations Are Made to Resume Relief Well Drilling

After suspending operations and evacuating as a precautionary measure to protect the safety of response personnel and evade the threat of then Tropical Storm Bonnie, Development Driller II and Development Driller III have returned to the well site and are making preparations to resume drilling the relief wells. Before suspending operations, Development Driller III had drilled the first relief well to a depth of 17,864 feet below the Gulf surface and Development Driller II had 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.

Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region

From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, 14 two-person teams and 19 support personnel participated in wildlife rescue and recovery missions—responding to 27 Wildlife Hotline calls.

Field operations in the Houma Command Sector were suspended to protect the safety of response personnel and allow them to move to higher ground. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.

Beach Clean-up Operations Continue on the Florida Coast

The National Parks Service continues to oversee clean-up operations to protect sensitive wildlife habitats in NPS lands and Fish and Wildlife Service refuges along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Field operations were temporarily suspended yesterday in Mississippi and Alabama due to the threat of severe weather from then Tropical Storm Bonnie.

By the Numbers to Date:

  • The administration has authorized the deployment of 17,500 National Guard troops from Gulf Coast states to respond to this crisis; currently, 1,676 are active.
  • Approximately 13,000 personnel* are currently responding to protect the shoreline and wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines.
  • More than 3,700 vessels* are currently responding on site, including skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist in containment and cleanup efforts—in addition to dozens of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple mobile offshore drilling units.
  • More than 3.41 million feet** of containment boom and 7.82 million feet of sorbent boom have been deployed to contain the spill—and approximately 827,000 feet of containment boom and 2.72 million feet of sorbent boom are available.
  • More than 34.8 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been recovered.
  • Approximately 1.84 million gallons of total dispersant have been applied—1.07 million on the surface and 771,000 sub-sea. Approximately 577,000 gallons are available.
  • 411 controlled burns have been conducted, efficiently removing a total of more than 11.14 million gallons of oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and wildlife. Because calculations on the volume of oil burned can take more than 48 hours, the reported total volume may not reflect the most recent controlled burns.
  • 17 staging areas are in place to protect sensitive shorelines.
  • Approximately 637 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline is currently oiled—approximately 362 miles in Louisiana, 109 miles in Mississippi, 70 miles in Alabama, and 96 miles in Florida. These numbers reflect a daily snapshot of shoreline currently experiencing impacts from oil so that planning and field operations can more quickly respond to new impacts; they do not include cumulative impacts to date, or shoreline that has already been cleared.
  • Approximately 57,539 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters remain closed to fishing in order to balance economic and public health concerns. Approximately 76 percent remains open. Details can be found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.
  • To date, the administration has leveraged assets and skills from numerous foreign countries and international organizations as part of this historic, all-hands-on-deck response, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, the European Union’s Monitoring and Information Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency.

*The decreases in personnel and equipment are a result of the temporary suspension of some response operations due to Bonnie, which has been downgraded from a tropical depression to a disorganized area of low pressure.

**Boom deployed numbers have dropped due to pre-storm recovery operations. Once recovered, this boom must be decontaminated, repaired, inspected, and certified before being staged or redeployed.

Source: deepwaterhorizonresponse.com