Daily BP oil spill update - June 3
BPs cut-and-cap approach to contain the oil leaking from the MC 252 Blow Out Preventer (BOP) has met with mixed success. On Wednesday, a diamond tipped saw became stuck in the pipe. Today, BP was able to slice through the remaining pipe with giant shears. The giant sheer cut is jagged which means the cap may not fit as tightly as officials hoped. Engineers are moving forward with placing the cap over the cut pipe. Once a riser attaches the cap to the surface, we will have a better sense of how much oil can be siphoned off. BP engineers expect that some oil will continue to leak into the Gulf around the cap flange and believe they will have a better sense of effectiveness within 12-24 hours. At this point, the best chance of completely stopping the flow will come when the two relief wells are completed in August.
OR&R's modeling team continues to generate daily trajectories for the nearshore and offshore surface oil. Overflights are also conducted on a daily basis (weather permitting) to provide field verification of model trajectories. Onshore winds are expected to continue moving oil toward shorelines in Alabama, Mississippi and as far east as Freeport, FL. Threat to shorelines in Breton Sounds, Chandeleur Sound, and the NE side of the Mississippi Delta continue to decrease, while threats to shorelines west of the Delta between Timbaleir Bay and SW pass increase.Offshore, satellite imagery analysis continues to show narrow bands of oil to the SE and ESE of the main slick. An overflight to the region on June 2, observed one narrow semi-contiguous band of colorless sheen stretching approximately 60 miles. Trajectories suggest these sheens will continue to be entrained in a large clockwise eddy (Eddy Franklin) that has pinched off the main Loop Current. South of approximately 26 degrees N, only scattered transparent sheens were observed in conjunction with patches of seaweed. If this sheen persists or has tarballs associated with it, there is potential for some of it to become entrained into the Loop Current and move toward the Florida Straits.
NOAA's Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program is conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The focus currently is to assemble existing data on resources and their habitats and collect baseline (pre-spill impact) data. Data on oiled resources and habitats are also being collected.
- For NOAA media inquiries, please contact Ben Sherman, John Ewald or Rachel Wilhelm or phone 301.713.3066.
- To offer suggestions to clean, contain, recover or stop the flow of oil visit Deepwater Horizon Response Suggestions. This website also provides procedures and forms for Alternative Response Tool Evaluation System (ARTES) proposals.
- For response-related inquiries, please phone the Joint Information Center (JIC) at 985.902.5231 or 985.902.5240.
- To report oil on land, or for general community information, please phone 866.448.5816.
- To report oiled or injured wildlife, please phone 866.557.1401.
To learn about volunteer opportunities in all areas and what training is required, please phone 866.448.5816.
- To discuss spill related damage claims, please phone 800.440.0858.
- BP is asking fishermen for their assistance in cleaning up the oil spill. BP is calling this the Vessel of Opportunities Program and through it, BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the Vessel of Opportunity Program, fishermen should phone 281.366.5511.
More Information about this Incident
- Incident News View the most up-to-date information on OR&R's IncidentNews site.
- EPA: Federal Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This site tracks EPA's ongoing work in the area and help answer questions about the incident.
- Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deep Water Horizon. The Horizon was engaged in drilling activity on behalf of BP at Mississippi Canyon Block 252, about 52 miles southeast of Venice, La. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
- Deepwater Horizon Response on Facebook This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
- Deepwater Horizon Response on Twitter This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
- National Weather Service Deepwater Horizon Page NWS page for daily and hourly forecasts, winds and currents.
- Deepwater Horizon Trajectory Map Archive All the trajectory maps produced for the Deepwater Horizon incident response.