BP: COAST GUARD ENDS ACTIVE CLEANUP FROM DEEPWATER HORIZON

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by BP and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed
by the sender.) 
Active Cleanup from Deepwater Horizon Accident Ends in Florida,
Alabama and Mississippi 
Sign of extraordinary progress a result of sustained 3-year
effort costing $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours 
10 June 2013 
HOUSTON -Following the extensive three-year cleanup effort, the
U.S. Coast Guard is ending active cleanup operations in
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and today announced that the
three states are expected to complete the transition back to the
National Response Center (NRC) reporting system by mid June
2013. The announcement is the result of the extraordinary
progress made cleaning the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. 
Working under the direction of the Coast Guard, and in
cooperation with state agencies and local governments, BP has
spent more than $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours on
response and cleanup activities. Due to the extensive cleanup
effort, early restoration projects and natural recovery
processes, the Gulf is returning to its baseline condition,
which is the condition it would be in if the accident had not
occurred. 
At its peak in 2010, the response and cleanup effort involved
more than 48,000 people. More than 110,000 miles of aerial
reconnaissance flights were conducted across 14,000 miles of
shoreline. Assessment teams then conducted ground-based surveys
across nearly 4,400 miles of shoreline, identifying
approximately 1,100 miles that experienced some level of oiling
and 778 miles that required some measure of cleaning. 
Amenity beaches were generally cleaned to depths of up to five
feet, using mechanical equipment that sifts out residual oil and
other debris from below the beach surface while returning clean
sand to the beach. Removing the residual oil and other debris
left the beaches cleaner than they had been in years. 
In places where oil reached marshes, extensive efforts were
taken to identify the best options for treating the areas
without causing further damage. Multiple techniques were used to
remove residual oil and promote natural attenuation. 
To effectively locate material and clean the shoreline, BP used
existing equipment as well as new techniques and equipment
developed specifically to respond to the accident. This included
deploying new sonar and laser technologies - and assessment
teams with snorkels - to look for submerged oil mats, as well as
drilling tens of thousands of augering holes in search of
residual material that may have been buried under layers of sand
deposited by storms and tidal activity. 
“The transition is a significant milestone toward fulfilling our
commitment to clean the Gulf shoreline and ensuring that the
region’s residents and visitors can fully enjoy this majestic
environment,” said Laura Folse, BP’s Executive Vice President
for Response and Environmental Restoration. “Even as the Coast
Guard has made the decision to move these states to the National
Response Center reporting system, should residual Macondo oil
appear on the shoreline, BP remains committed and prepared to
address it under the direction of the Coast Guard.” 
Following established response protocols, the Coast Guard will
investigate reports of oil received by the NRC and identify the
source and find the responsible party. If the Coast Guard
determines the material is residual MC252 oil and directs the
company to respond, BP will remove it, just as is required of
any responsible party. 
“We have worked with the Coast Guard and other stakeholders to
prepare for this transition and will maintain the resources
necessary to respond when directed by the Coast Guard,” said
Folse. “Transitioning to the National Response Center process
will reduce our footprint on the shoreline, which will further
minimize disruptions to the environment and to beach and park
visitors.” 
Today, operational activity has ended on 4,272 of the 4,376
shoreline miles that were in the area of response. Patrolling
and maintenance activities continue on 84 shoreline miles in
Louisiana, with another 20 miles in Louisiana pending approval
or final monitoring or inspection. In addition, BP recently
reached agreement with state and federal Trustees on 28
additional early restoration projects totaling approximately
$594 million. Overall, BP and the Trustees have announced 38
projects totaling approximately $665 million. 
People can report possible sightings of oil-based material to
the National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802 or filing
an online report at http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/. 
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Further Information:
Name: BP US Press Office
Phone: (281) 366-4463
Email: uspress@bp.com 
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