Oil spill stops production at two platforms nearby, one evacuated for safety

Source: Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center

The unified command continues with a comprehensive oil-well intervention and oil spill-response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. 

Nearly 2,000 personnel are involved in the response effort with additional resources being mobilized as needed. The federal government has been fully engaged in the response since the incident occurred April 20.
The Minerals Management Service remains in contact with all oil and gas operators in the sheen area. 

Two platforms have stopped production and one has been evacuated as a safety measure. Approximately 6.2 million cubic feet of natural gas is shut-in. This is less than one-tenth of a percent of daily gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Response crews worked through the night using a ROV to dispense 3,000 gallons of sub-surface dispersant at a rate of nine gallons per minute. BP and NOAA are evaluating the results of the test procedure to determine its feasibility for continued use. 

Rapid response teams are staged to deploy to shorelines affected by oil to evaluate and determine an appropriate clean-up effort to minimize the impact to the environment.

Oil Spill Response Effort to Date

More than 275,580 feet of boom (barrier) has been assigned to contain the spill. An additional 316,470 feet is available. 

To date, the oil spill response team has recovered 23,968 barrels (1,006,656 gallons) of an oil-water mix. 

68 response vessels are being used including skimmers, tugs, barges and recovery vessels. 

142,914 gallons of dispersant have been deployed and an additional 68,300 gallons are available. 

Six staging areas are in place and ready to protect sensitive shorelines. These areas include: Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Fla. Venice, La., Pascagoula, Miss., Theodore, Ala., and Port Sulphur, La.

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