Oil collection interrupted due to fire

The collection of oil from the containment cap on the leaking MC 252 well pipe in the Gulf of Mexico was interrupted yesterday when lightning struck the Discovery Enterprise, the drillship where the oil is processed and stored. Following the strike a fire occurred in a vent pipe leading from a storage tank. There was no significant damage to the containment system and collection resumed within 5 hours of the strike.

Response:

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.The public site, GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse, which includes over 400 layers of incident related information, was launched Monday. In it's first 24 hours the site has received over 3.4 million hits. GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse employs the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform developed by NOAA and the University of New Hampshire's Coastal Response Research Center. ERMA was designed to facilitate communication and coordination among a variety of users ? from federal, state and local responders to local community leaders and the public. The site was designed to be fast and user-friendly, and it will be constantly updated.

Closures

NOAA Fisheries Service have not modified the fishery closure in the Gulf of Mexico in over a week. Any changes to the closure are announced daily at 12 p.m. Eastern at sero.nmfs.noaa.gov 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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