Written by zME1 Vance Wood, USCG LNO Thursday, 26 August 2010 20:43
August 24, 2010
A key element of the Deepwater Horizon Response is to ensure that any concentration of oil and dispersants remaining as a result of the oil spill or the response operations are not a threat to the public health or safety. The initial phase of the Deepwater Horizon Response targeted containment and capture of released oil at the well source and in open waters to minimize the impact offshore and at the shoreline.
Because no new oil has been released since July 15 and no skimmable oil has been observed during the past 25 days, the response team has expanded and enhanced its subsurface oil monitoring and surveillance programs to establish a statistical framework to determine whether oil is present below the water’s surface.
Recently, the Incident Command Post at Mobile, Alabama (ICP Mobile) enhanced its subsurface oil monitoring and assessment program in its area of responsibility (AOR). The ICP Mobile program will provide statistical data to assess whether oil is present in the near shore and inshore waters off the coastlines of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle. This program will provide survey, sample and test data which will be evaluated to determine if additional sampling and testing are required and to inform subsequent recommendations and plans.
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