This afternoon, President Obama was traveling to the Gulf Coast and expected to speak with individuals and business leaders likely that have been affected directly by the economic consequences of the spill, and continue to get from Admiral Allen a firsthand update on the progress, both in dealing with the well and in dealing with the spread of pollution that has leaked from the well.
"In conjunction with the US authorities, a massive response has been mobilized which is focused immediately on containing and stopping the flow of oil. We will also continue to apply all of the necessary resources to the aftermath, both in the clean-up operation and in remediation and payment of legitimate claims. These are our most critical and immediate tasks. We will meet our obligations both as a responsible company and also as a necessary step to rebuilding trust in BP as a long term member of the business communities in the US and around the world. This is in the interest of all our stakeholders."
According to a release, the IATAP and the RDC will screen and triage submissions based on technical feasibility efficacy and deployability. This will be a Federal process to ensure a fair, systematic, responsive and accountable review of alternative response technologies by interagency experts. The IATAP and RDC initial screening will result in one of three determinations: the white paper has a potential for immediate benefit to the oil spill response effort; the white paper submission needs more detailed investigation or evaluation by the appropriate government agency; or the white paper submission does not support this incident.
The IATAP workgroup, established by Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, includes the U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service, U.S. EPA, and the Department of Agriculture.
Access a release from BP on the cap placement and LMRP operation (click here). Access a lengthy BP release on its report to shareholders (click here). Access the BP response website for links to visuals on how the LMRP is supposed to work (click here). Access additional information updates and links to releases and briefings on the Administrations response from the Unified Command website (click here). Access EPA's environmental monitoring site (click here). Access the White House website on the BP spill which contains links to all Federal agency response websites and more (click here). Access a release on the IATAP workgroup and link to more information (click here). Access the FedBizOpps announcement (click here). Access a release and links to more information on the claims process and oversight (click here). Access links to all live underwater video feeds (click here).