Responders remain vigilant and ready to deploy boom should it be needed to protect the coast from any new threats from oil that may emerge in the coming days and weeks.
“Removal of hard boom is the right operational decision,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steven Poulin, Incident Commander at ICP Mobile. “We remain fully committed to this response and stand prepared to redeploy boom should that be necessary as well as remove any oily material from the shoreline as quickly as possible in our continued effort to protect the
ICP Mobile has worked with federal, state and local officials to evaluate plans for boom removal. During extreme weather the boom could become a navigational or safety hazard, or could damage environmentally sensitive lands. After the boom is removed, it is inspected, cleaned, repaired (as necessary) and stored at sites along the Gulf Coast for immediate redeployment should the need arise. Boom that cannot be redeployed is recycled or reused to the fullest extent practical.
Quotes from Local Officials:
“I am pleased to see the oil spill is moving into the recovery stage,” said
“The removal of the boom is another step toward normalcy for our community and our region,” said
“I believe removal of boom from our shores and estuaries has resulted in several benefits to the town,” said
“Removing the boom shows the public a sign of better days to come,” said
“I am glad to hear of this milestone,” said
“Now that the well has been capped, the flow of oil has ceased, and all oil on the top water retrieved, we commend the Unified Area Command on the efficient recovery of over 1 million feet of hard boom material,” said
“I am pleased that we are in a place where we can remove the boom,” said
“We agree that the removal of the boom is the right decision at the height of hurricane season with no oil forecast,” said Escambia County Commissioner Marie Young, District 3. “We are also pleased that it is staged locally to redeploy if necessary along with skimmers remaining at NAS Pensacola.”
“The removal of the boom is an excellent indication that we are moving into the long term recovery stage of this fight, but we must remain vigilant in assessing water quality,” said Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino, District 2.
“God has smiled on us thus far and we have been lucky to have a limited landfall of oil,” said
“Removing the boom currently in the water is sign of hope, however, I am pleased to see that the county is keeping some on standby in the event we need it again,” said Santa Rosa Island Authority Director Buck Lee.
At the height of the Deepwater Horizon Response, nearly four million feet of boom, response-wide, was deployed, while more than 1.6 million feet of hard boom was deployed in the ICP Mobile area of responsibility. Operations to remove boom from along the shoreline of the
Boom was placed at critical points to protect wildlife refuges, estuaries, beaches, marshes and other environmentally sensitive lands from oil contamination. Placement of boom along the coast was just one of the many actions taken by the response team to prevent oil from reaching the shore.
The response team continues active surveillance of the waters and shoreline in