NEW ORLEANS–(ENEWSPF)–Oct. 6, 2010. The following information is an operations update from the Unified Area Command for the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Approximately 18,589 personnel are currently responding to protect the shoreline, wildlife and cleanup vital coastlines.
To date, every seafood sample from reopened waters has passed sensory and chemical testing for oil and dispersant contamination. NOAA scientists have completed sensory analysis on 2,520 state & federal water samples & have completed chemical analysis on 2,768 federal samples.
More than 31,000 water and sediment samples have been taken throughout the Gulf of Mexico in the search for residual subsurface oil. Eight research vessels are conducing sampling operations.
Deep-sea water samples: last week 19,990 – today 20,022
Off shore water samples: last week 2,404 – today 3,119
Near-shore water samples: last week 6,382 – today 6,790
Total deep-sea sediment samples: 50
Off shore sediment samples: last week 37 – today 145
Near-shore sediment samples, last week 1,174 – today 1,313
More than 743 tons of recyclable waste, including oily liquid & oily solid waste, has been processed.
To date, 90% of federal water in the Gulf are open to fishing.
Approximately 104 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline are currently experiencing moderate to heavy oil impacts-approximately 95 miles in Louisiana, 9 miles in Mississippi and 1 mile in Florida.
Approximately 485 miles of shoreline are experiencing light to trace oil impacts-approximately 224 miles in Louisiana, 81 miles in Mississippi, 60 miles in Alabama, and 114 miles in Florida.