Admiral Allen directs BP to pay for five additional barrier island projects in Louisiana

The following statement was issued Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident Coordinator concerning his decision to require BP to pay for five additional barrier island projects in Louisiana. “Consistent with all the work undertaken in recent weeks to assess Louisiana’s barrier island proposal and gather input from local officials, environmental experts, and top scientists and engineers,...

NOAA Underscores Scientific Response to BP Oil Spill

ROBERT, La. – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco today highlighted the critical role science has played in the U.S. government’s response to the Deepwater BP oil spill.  From the beginning, the response to this unprecedented event has been based on the best science available in both the public and private sectors, as responders have worked to...

RADM Landry Resumes Role at Eighth District Commander

ROBERT, La. – Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the BP oil spill response, will rotate back to her role as Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, June 1, to ensure continuity of leadership during the 2010 Hurricane Season.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Update

An update on the ongoing administration-wide response to the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill as of 8 p.m., Tuesday May 4, 2010.

NOAA Closes Commercial and Recreational Fishing in Oil-Affected Portion of Gulf of MexicoNOAA Closes Commercial and Recreational Fishing in Oil-Affected Portion of Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON – NOAA is restricting fishing for a minimum of ten days in federal waters most affected by the BP oil spill, largely between Louisiana state waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River to waters off Florida’s Pensacola Bay. The closure is effective immediately. Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call (800) 440-0858.

Coast Guard Commandant Designated National Incident Commander for Continued Response to BP Oil Spill

As part of the designation of the BP Oil Spill as a Spill of National Significance, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen will serve as the National Incident Commander for the administration’s continued, coordinated response—providing additional authority and oversight in leveraging every available resource...

EPA establishes Web site on BP oil spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA today established a website to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website – will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the Agency’s activities in the region....