EPA Establishes Website For Updates On BP Oil Spill

With oil already reaching the Louisiana shore, bringing with it ominous flashbacks to the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, the federal goverment is scrambling to minimize the public fallout that is already brewing.

As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a website intended to keep the public informed about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents.

The website – www.epa.gov/bpspill  – contains data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the agency’s activities in the region. The site makes it possible for concerned citizens to share questions and comments about the spill, as well as submitting any technological solutions they may have.

On Saturday, EPA Administrator Jackson joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to tour the region. Jackson plans to spend the next 36 hours visiting with community groups and meeting EPA staff responding to the spill.

“We are taking every possible step to protect the health of the residents and mitigate the environmental impacts of this spill,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in a press release. “We are also here to address community members — the people who know these waters and wetlands best.  They will be essential to the work ahead.”

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So far, the EPA has established air monitoring stations along Plaquemines Parish on the Louisiana coast to determine how oil set on fire in the gulf and oil that is reaching land is impacting air quality, deployed two mobile laboratories (called Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzers) that will collect and analyze air quality samples in real time, and tested smoke from the controlled burn two days ago.

Although the practice of “containing” the spilled oil by burning it out of the water is controversial at best, thus far the EPA has found impact on the coast air quality has been minimal thanks to an off-shore breeze blowing away from land during that time.

The spill from the BP’s offshore oil rig has been leaking thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico ever since it exploded and sank last week.

Yesterday, the world was rocked with the news that a second offshore oil rig had capsized, this time among the inland waters near Morgan City, LA.

Thankfully, the mobile inland drilling unit was almost empty at the time it capsized and no personnel were on board, as it was enroute to a salvage yard at the time of the accident.

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60 comments

Kelly N.
Kelly N.5 years ago

Oil Spill Eater II

Oil Spill Eater II
Testing of OSE II by Dr. Tsao of British Petroleum
BioChem Strike Team Leader


Regarding the Effectiveness of OSE II Remediating Oil from Deepwater Horizon, Blow Out, Gulf of Mexico
British Petroleum tested Oil Spill Eater II at Louisiana State University. Relevant sections of BP’s BCST (Bio Chem Strike Team) test results are posted.
British Petroleum formed the Bio Chem Strike Team (BCST). Under the direction of Dr. Tsao, BCST was established in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident by the Alternative Response Technology (ART) program. The BCST consisted of experts from BP, LSU, LDEQ (Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality), USCG (U.S. Coast Guard), OSPR (California), SCAT, and highly experienced oil spill response consultants. Furthermore, BCST operated in conjunction EPA and NOAA.
The tests were conducted with Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry EPA test procedures. PAH and Alkane degradation was quantified.
OSE II showed a great ability to remediate PAH’s, and Alkanes. By the conclusion of the testing time frame, OSE II remediated 80% of both components of the oil. Based on total concentration levels of the PAH’s OSE II actually remediated 200 %of the PAH’s or 162% of the total of both oil fractions.
released by BP which ended up in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana.
This test by a major oil company is the second major testing of OSE II on two of the largest spills on water in the history of Earth

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Hollie S.
Hollie S.7 years ago

I think they should have already had a plan for an emergency
Like this, it is awful that they don't because this is affecting all of us.

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María Bruna D.
María Bruna D.7 years ago

I think the website is a good intent to find a solution together. You never know who may have the answer. I don't know if making another pipe can slow down the pressure, but I believe it's important to SLOW DOWN THE PRESSURE of the fluid that's coming through the pipes and that way all the rest will be easier.

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Peter Billington
Peter B7 years ago

noted thanks for post.

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Heidi C.
Heidi L7 years ago

Petition signed
You already signed this petition at 9:02 am PDT, May 3, 2010.

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nora l.
nora l7 years ago

Not that I think we will get the whole story, or even most of it.... I do appreciate ONE thing not being covered up and swept under the rug.

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Bee Hive Lady
Fiona Ogilvie7 years ago

I want to stay informed about this tragedy. I have relatives who live in the effected area.

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gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

thanks for post

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Andrea M.
Andrea M7 years ago

I can't believe that Obama is allowing this drilling to continue. I was hoping that he was against it. I still like having him as President, but this is very disappointing and disturbing. I hope the loss of marine life is minimal, even if unavoidable.

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Bertha Moreno
Bertha Moreno7 years ago

We don´t need websites, we need actions.

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