Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–August 6, 2010.
PAST 24 HOURS
Admiral Allen Provides an Update on the BP Oil Spill Response
National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen provided a briefing to inform the American public and answer questions on the administration-wide response to the BP oil spill. Admiral Allen reiterated the Administration’s commitment to drilling the relief well to ensure that the well is permanently sealed and provided an estimated timeline for its completion.
Carol Browner Meets with Community Leaders in St. Petersburg
Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner hosted a roundtable meeting with community leaders at the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., to discuss the impacts of the BP oil spill. Browner is one of the senior Administration officials overseeing the Gulf oil spill response and a former Florida Secretary of the Environment.
Secretary Mabus Holds a Town Hall Meeting in Galveston
Continuing his fourth trip to the Gulf Coast, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus hosted a town hall meeting in Galveston, Texas—part of a weeklong series of meetings held throughout the Gulf Coast. The town hall meetings are open to the public and media, and will provide residents an opportunity to discuss long-term economic and environmental restoration ideas with the Secretary. This week, Mabus has already hosted meetings in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.
President Obama charged Secretary Mabus with developing a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan. The plan will consider economic development, community planning, restoration of the ecosystem and environment, public health efforts and assistance to individuals and businesses impacted by the spill in the Gulf.
FWS Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region
From the Houma, La., Incident Command Post, 294 field personnel, 106 vessels and three helicopters participated in reconnaissance and wildlife rescue and recovery missions. From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, wildlife recovery teams responded to 29 calls on the Wildlife Hotline. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.
Shoreline Cleanup Operations Continue Along the Gulf Coast
As part of continued efforts to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats from the impacts of the BP oil spill, FWS and National Parks Service cleanup crews continued shoreline cleanup operations at Gulf Islands National Seashore, removing 15,200 pounds of oil debris in Mississippi—including Horn Island, Petit Bois, Cat Island and Ship Island—and 5,994 pounds of debris in the Perdido, Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa areas of Florida.
Approved SBA Economic Injury Assistance Loans Surpass $18.7 Million
SBA has approved 221 economic injury assistance loans to date, totaling more than $18.7 million for small businesses in the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill. Additionally, the agency has granted deferments on 787 existing SBA disaster loans in the region, totaling more than $4.3 million per month in payments. For information on assistance loans for affected businesses, visit the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance, call (800) 659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or email [email protected]
Administration Continues to Oversee BP’s Claims Process; More than $300 Million
The administration will continue to hold the responsible parties accountable for repairing the damage, and repaying Americans who’ve suffered a financial loss as a result of the BP oil spill. To date, 143,720 claims have been opened, from which more than $308 million have been disbursed. No claims have been denied to date. There are 1,258 claims adjusters on the ground. 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 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.