Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–August 16, 2010.
PAST 24 HOURS
President Obama and the First Family Continue Their Visit to the Gulf Coast
The President and his family wrapped up their vacation in Panama City, Fla., taking a boat tour of St. Andrews Bay and stopping for ice cream before departing for a return flight to Washington. Yesterday, the President remarked about the beauty of the Gulf Coast and the vital importance of the tourism industry across the region.
“I also want to point out that as a result of the cleanup effort, beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean, they are safe, and they are open for business. That’s one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here. The Governor and the mayors and others invited us down to enjoy the beach and the water—to let our fellow Americans know that they should come on down here. It is spectacular. Not just to support the region; come down here because it’s just a beautiful place to visit,” the President said.
Administration Continues to Oversee BP’s Claims Process
The administration will continue to hold the responsible parties accountable for repairing the damage, and repaying Americans who have suffered a financial loss as a result of the BP oil spill. To date, 150,163 claims have been opened, from which more than $356 million have been disbursed. No claims have been denied to date. To file a claim, visit www.bp.com/claims or call BP’s helpline at 1-800-440-0858. Those who have already pursued the BP claims process and are not satisfied with BP’s resolution can call the Coast Guard at (800) 280-7118. Additional information about the BP claims process and all available avenues of assistance can be found at www.disasterassistance.gov.
By the Numbers to Date:
*The decreases in personnel and equipment are a result of the temporary suspension of some response operations due to the effects of severe weather.
**The decrease in boom numbers is due to the continued recovery of displaced boom. Once recovered, this boom must be decontaminated, repaired, inspected, and certified before being staged or redeployed. New boom is being deployed in some areas.