Oil collection is steadily increasing in the Gulf

NOAABP engineers have been working over the past five days to optimize the 'top hat' containment device performance. Their efforts appear to be helping. The collection of oil has steadily increased over the past six days and BP hopes to ramp up the collection rate from 15,000 to 28,000 barrels per day over the next week. As collection increases, BP, in coordination with federal response agencies, will increase processing capacity at the Enterprise drillship and a service rig at the water's surface in order to handle the increased load. In addition, BP anticipates adding another 5,000 to 10,000 barrels a day of capacity by pulling oil and gas holes in the failed blowout preventer. This operation involves connecting the rig used during the 'top kill' procedure, the Q4000, via one or more pipes to the holes and could be completed by next week.

Response:

Onshore (SE) winds are forecast to continue through Friday at 15 knots or less. Persistent southwesterly winds last week 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 of any oil. However, coastal regions between Horn Island, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida may continue to experience limited shoreline oiling throughout this forecast period. To the west of the Mississippi delta, any remaining floating oil in this region could come ashore between Timbalier Bay and Southwest Pass.In the offshore zone, satellite imagery analysis continues to indicate patches of sheen to the SE of the main slick. Scattered sheens and tar balls observed in this region may be getting entrained into the northern edge of the large clockwise eddy that has pinched off the main Loop Current (LC). Trajectories indicate that some of these sheens may continue southward along the eastern edge of this main LC eddy, whereas some may be getting entrained into the counter-clockwise eddy to the NE of the main LC eddy. Satellite imagery of the Florida Strait and Gulf Stream saw no anomalies. However, a research vessel confirmed tarballs mixed in with seaweed along the NE edge of the main LC eddy.In the offshore zone, satellite imagery analysis continues to indicate patches of sheen to the SE of the main slick. Scattered sheens and tar balls observed in this region may be getting entrained into the northern edge of the large clockwise eddy that has pinched off the main Loop Current (LC). Trajectories indicate that some of these sheens may continue southward along the eastern edge of this main LC eddy, whereas some may be getting entrained into the counter-clockwise eddy to the NE of the main LC eddy. Satellite imagery of the Florida Strait and Gulf Stream saw no anomalies. However, a research vessel confirmed tarballs mixed in with seaweed along the NE edge of the main LC eddy.

Assessment:

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.

Closures

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 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.
    • 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.

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