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Update On Oil Spill In The Gulf

Posted by Shane On June 28th

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing great.

I wanted everyone to know that SW Florida’s beaches are free of oil.. NO OIL……. It would appear from what I am reading and watching that SW Florida may be spared from the oil. I have several Realtor Friends who watch the oil situation as well and we all compare the information provided to us. Below you will see some information from a Realtor Friend of mine David Haynes of Tarpon Realty, Inc. He is in the Charlotte County / Boca Grande area. Please also see the attached file to view. It is virus free do not worry.

Check out this link first…

It shows models of the loop current. Once again it looks as though SW Florida may be spared. No one knows. I do feel for the areas and people that are being affected this is a very sad, sad situation.

I just want everyone to know at this time our waters and beaches are free of oil and it looks like it will stay this way.

I will keep you update on any new information. If you have anything to share, please feel free to send it my way.

Please see below…

Please see the regularly attached documents as well as the info below. Many of you have been getting inquiries as to what DEP and other agencies have been doing as it relates to various water quality and sediment/silt sampling. The following website provides information including maps on what has been done in advance of a Natural Resources Damage Assessment. Visit for more details.

You will also find an executive summary of offshore product, info from BP on the Q4000 as well as the Tar Ball Report.

We learned today that BP has pledged $20 Billion for businesses claims in the Gulf Coast region affected by the spill. You can read the BP press release at


Cameron Cooper
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Situation Report # 49

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1200 hrs EDT

Charlie Crist


David Halstead

State Coordinating Officer

Weather Summary:

Relatively weak winds (up to 10 knots), low seas (below 2 feet) and low rain chances are expected to continue through the next 3 days, which will be favorable for surface oil recovery operations. Winds are light and variable but are expected to turn west-southwesterly in the afternoons. A tropical wave in the central Atlantic has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

Current Situation:

Florida beaches are open.

Unified Area Command estimates release rate of oil from Deepwater Horizon at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day. The containment dome is recovering approximately 15,000 barrels of oil and burning off millions of cubic feet of natural gas per day.

This event has been designated a Spill of National Significance.

Unified Area Command continues with a comprehensive oil well intervention and spill response planning following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans.

More than 29,000 personnel are working the on and offshore response.

Oil-water mix recovered: approximately 21.1 million gallons

Response vessels available: more than 6,490

Response aircraft available: 95

Dispersant (in gallons): approximately 1,298,000 deployed

There is no planned use of dispersants in Florida waters.

Florida Specific:

Reconnaissance missions are ongoing. On June 14, as of noon, light sheen, streamers of weathered oil and tar balls were detected within five miles of Pensacola Pass.

On June 14, dime to five inch-sized tar balls and tar patties were found in widely scattered areas of Northwest Florida. The heaviest impacts have been seen from Escambia County to Santa Rosa County.

Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass are being closed with the tide to prevent oil from entering inland waters. Boom will be deployed across each Pass at flood tide (incoming) and removed at ebb tide (outgoing).

Oil Containment Boom (in feet) total: 355,810 deployed in Florida.

Tier 1: 185,100 / Tier 2: 123,500 / Tier 3: 47,210

In accordance with established plans, protective booming, staging, and boom maintenance is being conducted along the coast from Escambia to Franklin.

302 vessels are deployed in Florida for the Vessels of Opportunity program.

302 Qualified Community Responders are actively working the cleanup efforts in the Florida Panhandle.

According to the NOAA oil plume model, the oil plume remains 62 miles from Mexico Beach and 240 miles from St. Petersburg, with non contiguous sheens and scattered tarballs closer. Coastal regions near and west of Panama City may experience shoreline impacts by Friday.

Scattered patches of sheen and tarballs remain in the Loop Current Ring. There is evidence that the Loop Current Ring has detached from the Loop Current, meaning that any scattered patches of sheen and tarballs will likely remain in the Loop Current Ring.

BP provided a $100,000 grant through a Memorandum of Understanding with Volunteer Florida to maintain a database for the registration of volunteers.

BP issued a $25 million block grant to Florida; first priority is booming. BP issued a second $25 million grant to Florida for a national tourism advertising campaign. BP issued another $25 million to Florida for the state’s preparedness and response efforts.

BP claims in Florida total 13,978 with approximately $11,248,856.44 paid.

The fishery failure declaration for the Gulf of Mexico includes Florida, providing impacted and eligible commercial fisheries the opportunity for federal support; it does not close fisheries.

Florida Information Lines:

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line (FOSIL) is available from 8am-6pm EDT daily for citizens’ questions at (888) 337-3569.

For general health/exposures information questions related to the oil spill, contact the Florida Poison Control Center at 1-888-337-3569.

Two public hotline numbers for oil spill investigation and cleanup:

Impacted Wildlife: (866) 557-1401

Oiled Shoreline: 1 (877) 2-SAVE-FL or #DEP for cellular devices

The Florida Department of State has established a hotline for archeological, historical preservation, and tribal lands that may be impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident: (850) 245-6530.

Florida Information Websites:

Volunteer registration: and click “Register to Help”

Health/environmental advisories:

State sampling data:

GATOR web mapping application:

State Actions:

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is at a Level 1 (Full), operating from 0700 to 1800 EDT, with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as the lead agency.

Governor’s Executive Orders 10-99, 10-100, and 10-106 declared a state of emergency for identified counties along the Florida coast.

Governor’s Executive Order 10-101 established the Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force, which will facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries to recover from the loss of commerce and revenues due to the oil spill.

Governor Charlie Crist activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide emergency, short-term loans to established small businesses in 26 designated counties.

Conducting daily conference calls with county and emergency management partners, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and various Unified Commands.

SERT Personnel – Location

Mobile Unified Command,

Forward-State Emergency Response Team

Florida Peninsula Command, Miami

Area Command in Robert, Louisiana

St. Petersburg Branch


Santa Rosa

A 5-7 member Federal Resource Coordinator (FRC) team from FEMA is assisting the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) with streamlining financial reimbursement processing.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued a partial harvesting closure of saltwater fish and marine vertebrates (does not apply to oysters, clams, and mussels). This closure covers state waters from the Alabama state line east to the Pensacola Beach water tower (23 miles east and out 9 nautical miles from coastline) from 6/14/10 until modified by a subsequent FWC executive order. Recreational catch and release is allowed.

A SERT Toxicological Data Analysis Cell is now located at the SEOC to provide consistent scientific analysis and assessment of collected data sampling to inform local and state decision making.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation and Regional Workforce Boards are identifying and filling jobs related to the oil spill: 5,086 positions advertised, 10,085 applicants referred and 538 individuals employed.

27 Florida National Guard (FLNG) personnel on duty; 5 plans personnel are working on scene at the SEOC.

13,790 volunteers have registered to respond to Deepwater Horizon.

Business, Industry, and Economic Development has launched a national radio and print advertising campaign for Florida tourism.

Conducting daily reconnaissance flights and shoreline patrol from Escambia to Gulf counties for impact. Real time reconnaissance reports are being entered into GATOR.

36 oiled birds have been recovered by FWC to date, 2 were released.

The Boom Coordination Cell continues to coordinate additional boom requests. The Innovative Technology Cell continues to assess alternative clean-up technologies suggested by the public and stakeholders.

The Small Business Administration has issued an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for the State of Florida. Disaster Loan Outreach Centers are open in 8 counties.

Loan Applications

Issued: 331 Accepted: 72 Declined: 14 Approved: 2

Loan amount approved: $255,000.00

Local States of Emergency

Bay: Expires on 6/17/10

Dixie: Expires on 6/17/10

Escambia: Expires on 6/18/10

Franklin: Expires on 6/21/10

Gulf: Expires on 6/21/10

Okaloosa: Concurrent with State

Santa Rosa: Expires on 6/18/10

Sarasota: Expires on 6/21/10

Wakulla: Expires on 6/21/10

Walton: Expires on 6/18/10
County EOC Activations

Bay, Level 2 (Partial)

Escambia, Level 2 (Partial)

Gulf, Level 2 (Partial)

Okaloosa, Level 2 (Partial)

Santa Rosa, Level 2 (Partial)

Wakulla, Level 2 (Partial)

Franklin, Level 2 (Partial)

Federal Information Websites:

NOAA GeoPlatform, response management application:

Snapshot Report # 22

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 0900 hrs EDT

Charlie Crist


David Halstead

State Coordinating Officer

Mobile Unified Command Boom Operations:

Tier 1

Proposed/Need 148,475


Staged 56,050

Shortage 0

Percent Under 0%

Tier 2

Proposed/Need 282,600

Deployed 123,500

Shortage 159,100

Percent Under 56.30%


Proposed/Need 431,075

Deployed 308,600

Staged 56,050

Shortage 159,100

Percent Under 36.90%

**Changes in FL GRP site numbers as well as boom required will be changing pending approval of Unified Command **

County Contracted Boom Tier 3 Totals

County: Escambia

Deployed 20,000

Proposed: N/A


County: Santa Rosa

Deployed 10,260

Proposed: N/A

County: Okaloosa

Deployed 16,950

Proposed: N/A

Staged 19,550

County: Walton

Proposed: N/A

County: Bay

Proposed: N/A

Staged: 78,900

County: Gulf

Proposed: N/A

Staged: 11,900

County: Franklin

Proposed: 139,800

Staged: 70,000

County: Wakulla

Deployed: N/A

Proposed: 71,500

County: Jefferson

Proposed: N/A

Proposed: 18,835

County: Taylor

Proposed: N/A

Staged: N/A

Staged: N/A


Deployed: 47,210

Proposed: 230,135

Staged: 180,350

Vessel Assets Deployed:


Off-Shore Skimmer

Near Shore Skimmer



79 (7 are skimmers)

25 (no breakdown on types of vessels)



7 (In area of Op.)







TF702 Off Shore Pensacola Area – TF704 South of Ft. Walton Beach – TF705 Moving to “stand-by” in Key West

TF-1 Pensacola Pass – TF4 Perdido Pass

Vessels of Opportunity (VOO):

VOO Ordered/Deployed


Pensacola: 75

Destin: 200

Panama City: 153

Port St. Joe: 100

Apalachicola: 100

Total: 628

Near Shore/Contracted Assets

Pensacola: 40

Destin: 100

Panama City: 60

Port St. Joe: 50

Apalachicola: 50

Total: 300


Pensacola: 155

Destin: 300

Panama City: 213

Port St. Joe: 150

Apalachicola: 150

Total: 928

Deployed Contract Assets: 302 – 2 using Sorbent, Snare & Containment

County EOC Activations:

County – Activation Level

Bay – 2

Escambia – 2

Gulf – 2

Okaloosa – 2

Santa Rosa – 2

Wakulla – 2

Franklin – 2

Small Business Administration Loan Applications:

Issued – 331

Accepted – 72

Declined – 14

Approved – 2

Loan amount approved: $255,000.00

Clean-up Teams:

Team – Personnel – Staging Location

Emergency Response Team (USCG) – 22 – Pensacola

Emergency Response Team (USCG)- 3 – Panama City

Emergency Response Team (USCG)- 2 – Port St. Joe

Total – 2

(BP) Contractor Personnel – Personnel – Staging Location

Beach cleanups – 1047 – Pensacola, Panama City

Qualified Community Responders – 302 – Pensacola, Panama City

Gross Vessel Decon – 27 – Pensacola, Panama City

Boom Operations – 541 – Pensacola, Panama City

Total – 1944

SCAT Teams:

Team ID – Personnel – County

SCAT 4 – 5 – Escambia

SCAT 6 – 5 – Santa Rosa

SCAT 9 – 5 – Gulf

SCAT 10 – 4 – Bay

Recon Teams:

County – ATV’s Staged – AV’s Deployed

Escambia – 0 – 7

Franklin – 0 -1

Santa Rosa – 0 – 1

Okaloosa – 0 – 5

Walton – 0 – 4

Bay – 0 – 5

Gulf – 0 – 1

On Stand-By – 2 – 0

Total – 24

County or Agency

Resources Staged

Resources Deployed


0 – Command Bus

1 – Command Bus


0 – Boats

38 – Boats

FWC & Civil Air Patrol

1 – Planes

2 – Planes


0 – Helicopters

3 – Helicopter


0 – Planes

1 – Planes


0 – Helicopter

1 – Helicopter

BP Reported Product Recovered:

Staging area – Product Collected – Amounty Collected

Pensacola – Trash and Product Debris – 15.23 tons

Panama City – Trash and Product Debris – 1.46 tons

Total – 16.69 tons

BP Claims: *Updated detailed BP Claims report can be found in EM Constellation*

BP Claims in Florida – Claims – Approx. Paid

Grand Total – 13,978 – $11,248,856.44

*One claimant has one claim which may have multiple events*

Recovered Oiled Wildlife:


Recovered alive* – 9

Released – 0

Died or euthanized – 4

Still in Rehab – 18

Recovered dead –

Total #

Recovered Alive * – 36

Released – 2

Died or Euthanized – 16

Recovered dead – 18

*Does not include marine mammals or turtles. *Primarily northern gannets and brown pelicans

See the consolidated wildlife report updated by noon each day:

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