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...

NOAA Expands Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON – NOAA has extended the northern and southern boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to capture portions of the slick moving into waters off eastern Alabama and the western tip of the Florida panhandle, as well as some large patches of sheen moving onto the west Florida shelf and southward to Cuban waters. This federal closure does not apply to any state waters....

Federal mobile medical unit arrives in Louisiana

VENICE, La. – A federal mobile medical unit arrived in Venice, La., today to provide additional basic medical care for responders and residents of coastal communities affected by the oil spill.

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.

Admiral Allen Outlines Federal Role in Oil Spill Response

WASHINGTON  – The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could soon reach levels on par with the 250,000 barrels of crude oil lost in the1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill, the Coast Guard Commandant said yesterday in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Board Concludes 1st Day of Hearings

KENNER, La. – The Deepwater Horizon joint investigation board held Tuesday concluded the first day of hearings into the circumstances surrounding the explosion, fire, pollution and sinking of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon, with multiple loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

Cutter Elm departs for Gulf oil spill clean up operation

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elm departed its homeport of Atlantic Beach in support of the on-going oil clean up operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service co-chair investigation into Deepwater Horizon incident

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Minerals Management Service (MMS) will co-chair an investigation starting May 11, 2010 to identify the factors leading to the explosion, loss of life, sinking, and subsequent oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, which began on April 20, 2010.

NOAA Expands Commercial and Recreational Fishing Closure in Oil-Affected Portion of Gulf of Mexico

NOAA has modified and expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area to better reflect the current location of the BP oil spill, and is extending the fishing restriction until May 17. The closed area now represents slightly less than 4.5 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The original closure boundaries, which took effect last Sunday, encompassed less than three percent. This leaves many...