Second containment system up and running

Response:

BP p.I.cBP succeeded today in collecting oil and gas through a second containment system attached to the Deepwater Horizon failed blow out preventer (BOP). The new system is connected directly to ports on the BOP and carries oil and gas to the Q4000 vessel at the surface where it is flared using a clean-burning system. The Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) containment system continues to collect around 15, 000 bbls/day. BP previously estimated that the new containment system may collect between 5-10,000 additional bbls/day and expects to have a more accurate collection rate soon. Information on the volume of oil collected from both containment systems will be posted twice daily on the BP Web site.Clean-up operations at the surface and on shore are ongoing. There have been over 200 in-situ burns of nearly 5.20 million gallons of oil. Over 5,000 response vessels and 95 aircraft are deployed, and over 400 skimmers have collected more than 21.1 million gallons of oily water. Dispersants continue to be released and boom staged. Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams (SCAT) are supporting cleanup of shorelines in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.

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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