Size: 76,440,000 gallons (70 days)
Note: Surfrider’s estimate of the spill volume is based on a rate of 26,000 barrels per day. The most recent estimate of the continuing rate of the oil gusher is between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day (1,470,000 to 2,520,000 gallons per day). If the release has been at that rate since Day 1, the total volume of oil released is now between and 103 and 176 million gallons.
NOAA’s new GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse online tool provides nearshore and offshore “spill trajectory estimates” for the current oil plume and the next two days. You can also use the tool to show the current plume, the location of “beached oil” and surface water currents.
State of Efforts to Stop Flow
BP’s “top hat” containment system plus auxiliary collection and flaring systems are believed to be collecting approximately 25,000 barrels of oil per day, although substantial amounts of oil are still escaping through vent valves on the containment dome. BP has been ordered to step up their efforts to capture more of the oil. Their latest response letter (also discussed here) details plans to collect 40,000-53,000 barrels per day of oil by June 30.
Meanwhile, BP continues to drill two “relief wells” that are intended to intercept the blown-out well at a depth of about 16,000 feet. Drilling mud and cement would then be pumped into the well to seal it. The wells will take at least a few more weeks to drill. Read more.
The GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse online tool can be configured to show the fishery closure area and confirmed marine mammal and sea turtle strandings and observations. The Daily Dead Wildlife Tally shows the current number of birds, sea turtles and marine mammals that have been found dead in the oil spill area.
Volunteer Response Resources
Volunteer Phone numbers: (state-specific contact information below)
Deepwater Horizon Incident Volunteer Hotline: 866-448-5816
Vessel of Opportunities Program – Fishermen should phone 425-745-8017
Fact sheets related to oil spills in general and this spill:
Official Response Resources
Deepwater Horizon Response
NOAA Roles and Tools: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/topics/oceans/spills/
NOAA media inquiries: email@example.com or 301-713-3066
For response inquiries: Joint Information Center (JIC) at 985-902-5231 or 985-902-5240
BP Horizon Response Hotline: 281-366-5511
To report oil, or general Community and Volunteer Information: 866-448-5816
To report oiled or injured wildlife: 866-557-1401
Coast Guard officials say not to pick up any tar balls you find and to report them at (800) 424-8802
Florida Specific Volunteer Information:
Oil spill related clean up: http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/
Opportunities will be posted as they become available.
If you live in these areas and want to help:
Okaloosa County call: 850-651-7150
Bay County call: 763-6587
Walton County: go to http://www.waltonso.org/
The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea, Florida needs volunteers and donations to support their educational and research work.
Florida Palm Beach/Treasure Coast area volunteers can email Surfrider’s Florida Regional Manager Ericka D’avanzo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs
Florida DEP is not encouraging private citizens to clean up shorelines. However, should a homeowner have oil soaked materials, there are two options:
- Have the homeowners contact 1-866-448-5816 and someone will be sent out to retrieve the oiled materials.
- Emerald County Utilities Authority (ECUA) will provide several 55 gallon drums at certain walk crossovers on Pensacola Beach. They will be marked for oil debris only. BP/ Waste Management will be responsible for all collection and disposal. ECUA has provided the containers at no charge to help with the response.
Florida Information Numbers and Websites:
DEP Related Media Questions: Amy Graham at 850-245-2112 or -2113
Florida Emergency Information Line: 800-342-3557
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) incident response website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm
Resources in Other Gulf States:
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Galveston Bay Foundation
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources – (228) 374-5000
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Restore America’s Estuaries
Save Our Gulf
National Audubon Society
More Information & Call to Action
Thanks to everyone (there were more than 100,000 participants across the U.S. and worldwide) who came out to their local beaches last Saturday to join hands and draw an actual and a metaphorical line in the sand against offshore oil drilling and for clean energy.
Help us track oil spill impacts at: http://oilspill.skytruth.org/
Urge Obama and Congress to ban new drilling: http://www.surfrider.org/nodrilling
State Action Alert for Special Session (FL Only) – Our legislators are holding up Gov. Crist’s request for a special session to make oil drilling a 2010 ballet item.
Walk your beaches daily to ensure no garbage or plastic debris is present. Do not disturb bird nesting areas!
Join the Surfrider Foundation: http://www.surfrider.org/join