By DEBBIE CAI
The US Coast Guard is ending active cleanup operations in
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, concluding an extensive
three-year effort to repair the Gulf of Mexico shoreline after
the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP said.
The oil and gas company has redoubled its safety efforts and
strengthened its presence in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of
the explosion that unleashed the worst marine oil spill in US
history and cost the company billions of dollars.
BP said Monday it
has spent more than $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours
on response and cleanup activities and the Gulf is returning to
the condition it would have been in if the accident hadn't
The response and cleanup effort, at its 2010 peak, involved
more than 48,000 people and saw more than 110,000 miles of
aerial reconnaissance flights conducted across 14,000 miles of
Assessment teams then conducted ground-based surveys across
nearly 4,400 miles of shoreline, identifying about 1,100 miles
that experienced some level of oiling and 778 miles that
required some measure of cleaning, BP said.
The Coast Guard also said in a separate statement that the
three states are expected to complete the transition back to
the National Response Center, or NRC, reporting system by the
middle of June.
The primary function of the NRC is to serve as the sole
national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical,
radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the
environment anywhere in the US and its territories. The
reported information is passed to a local Coast Guardsman who
investigates the report and takes appropriate action, the Coast
Laura Folse, BP's executive vice president for response and
environmental restoration, said the company remains committed
to addressing and removing any residual Macondo oil potentially
appearing on the shoreline.
BP said operational activity has now 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
BP also has agreed with state and federal trustees on 28
additional early restoration projects totaling about $594
In all, BP and the trustees have announced 38 projects totaling approximately $665
million, the company said.
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