Day 5 of Top Hat method brings an increase of oil

BP has been collecting oil via the "Top Hat" for five days. As of yesterday the amount oil collected today increased from approximately 11,000 barrels for the past few days to 14,842 in a 24 hour time period. Engineers continue to work to optimize the amount of oil collected from the riser. BP will know more about the final containment potential of the top hat operation within the next day or two.


Efforts to collect, burn, disperse, and contain the oil continue in full force. Skimmers have recovered early 15.86 million gallons of oily water and nearly 3.58 million gallons of oil has been burned in 131 in-situ burns. In addition, responders have deployed more than 4.80 million feet of sorbent and containment boom.Weak, offshore (NW) winds are forecast for Tuesday, but are expected to become SE overnight. Onshore (SE/ESE) winds are forecast to continue through Friday at 10 knots or less. Persistent southwesterly winds over the last few days have resulted in northward movement of the slick towards the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands and westward movement along the Florida Panhandle. Models show alongshore currents becoming more westward over the next few days, inhibiting further eastward movement. However, coastal regions between Dauphin Island and Freeport may continue to experience shoreline contacts throughout this forecast period. To the west of the Delta, any remaining floating oil in this region could come ashore between Timbalier Bay and Southwest Pass.Satellite imagery analysis and overflight observations continue to indicate patches of sheen to the SE of the main slick. Scattered sheens and tar balls observed in these regions may be getting entrained into the northern edge of the large clockwise eddy (Eddy Franklin) that has pinched off the main Loop Current (LC). Trajectories indicate that some of these sheens may continue southward along the eastern edge of Eddy Franklin, whereas some may be getting entrained into the counter-clockwise eddy to the NE of the main LC eddy. A Coast Guard overflight yesterday in the Florida Strait saw no signs of oil. A second overflight off the west coast of Florida saw no oil.


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.


NOAA Fisheries Service did not modifying the fishery closure in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. Any changes to the closure are announced daily at 12 p.m. Eastern at and take effect at 6 p.m. Eastern the same day.

Important Contacts

    • For NOAA media inquiries, please contact Ben Sherman, John Ewald or Rachel Wilhelm or phone 301.713.3066.
    • 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.

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