Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–July 25, 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 discussed the remobilization of response vessels at the well site to resume drilling the relief wells and performing acoustic and seismic monitoring to ensure the integrity of the wellbore—no anomalies have been detected—and reported on reconnaissance flights happening today to search for oil and boom that may have been displaced during the storm.
Allen also provided a revised estimated timeline for the static kill procedure and the relief well—based on a series of recent meetings with the federal government science team, led by Energy Secretary Chu, and BP representatives in Houston.
Preparations Are Made to Resume Relief Well Drilling
After suspending operations and evacuating as a precautionary measure to protect the safety of response personnel and evade the threat of then Tropical Storm Bonnie, Development Driller II and Development Driller III have returned to the well site and are making preparations to resume drilling the relief wells. Before suspending operations, Development Driller III had drilled the first relief well to a depth of 17,864 feet below the Gulf surface and Development Driller II had drilled the second relief well—a redundancy measure taken at the direction of the administration—to a depth of 15,963 feet below the surface.
Personnel Continue Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Missions Across the Region
From the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Post, 14 two-person teams and 19 support personnel participated in wildlife rescue and recovery missions—responding to 27 Wildlife Hotline calls.
Field operations in the Houma Command Sector were suspended to protect the safety of response personnel and allow them to move to higher ground. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.
Beach Clean-up Operations Continue on the Florida Coast
The National Parks Service continues to oversee clean-up operations to protect sensitive wildlife habitats in NPS lands and Fish and Wildlife Service refuges along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Field operations were temporarily suspended yesterday in Mississippi and Alabama due to the threat of severe weather from then Tropical Storm Bonnie.
By the Numbers to Date:
*The decreases in personnel and equipment are a result of the temporary suspension of some response operations due to Bonnie, which has been downgraded from a tropical depression to a disorganized area of low pressure.
**Boom deployed numbers have dropped due to pre-storm recovery operations. Once recovered, this boom must be decontaminated, repaired, inspected, and certified before being staged or redeployed.