Incident Command Post Activated for Florida Peninsula for Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

MIAMI – Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and BP have stood up a Florida Peninsula Command Post in Miami Thursday.

NOAA Deploys High Powered Research Aircraft to Gulf to Help Monitor Air Quality

WASHINGTON — A second National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration WP-3D Orion aircraft was deployed to the Gulf today to build on current air quality monitoring efforts near the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The NOAA plane conducted two flights over and around the spill site to detect pollutants and their reaction products released into the atmosphere by the oil, as well as the pollutants...

Unemployed Hired to Clean Affected Beaches

MOBILE, Ala. – The Unified Command in Mobile announced today the first deployment of the Qualified Community Responder (QCR) program that will put unemployed individuals to work in the counties that may be affected by the oil spill. Working closely with the Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida unemployment offices, unemployed workers have been hired to help with the cleanup effort. A similar program...

San Francisco Base Cutter Aspen Deploys for Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response today.

Government Sends $69 Million Bill To BP

WASHINGTON – The United State government today sent a preliminary bill for $69.09 million to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Administration will continue to bill BP regularly for all associated costs to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis.

Coast Guard responds to reports of oil in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — Coast Guard pollution investigators from Sector Key West are currently responding to reports of an oily substance and tar balls near Duck Key, Fla., Long Key, Fla., and Grassy Key, Fla.

Air Station Traverse City to assist with Gulf oil spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City deployed one HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and aircrew Tuesday to the Gulf Coast region to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up efforts. The air station’s crew will provide aerial reconnaissance to assist incident management teams with tracking the spread of oil and help guide employment of surface assets....

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,...

Coast Guard S.M.A.R.T. team video

GULF OF MEXICO – In this video, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kurt Stricklen and members of a Coast Guard Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies (SMART) team, collect oiled water samples in the Gulf of Mexico.