Admiral Allen said, "We are committed to providing the American people access to complete and accurate information about our response to the BP oil spill and the resources available to assist those directly impacted. RestoreTheGulf.gov will provide even greater transparency and openness about the BP oil spill, our historic response, the tools available to assist Gulf Coast communities, and plans for the region's long-term recovery and restoration." A release indicates that the site offers easy-to-navigate information about the claims and appeals process -- as well as other types of assistance available from Federal, state, local and non-government sources -- for individuals, businesses and communities who have been affected by the spill. It will also contain information about plans for the long-term economic and environmental restoration in the Gulf Coast region.
The public can view details about current operations, resources in specific states and localities, mapping and data resources, and ongoing investigations as well as oil spill data collected throughout the federal government. In addition, users can find information about ways to get involved -- including volunteer opportunities, how to submit a suggestion and how to report concerns about oiled shoreline or wildlife -- and a comprehensive list of all hotline numbers related to the oil spill. Content for the site will be gathered from a wide variety of sources, including the Unified Area Command's Joint Information Center in New Orleans, all Federal agencies involved in the spill response and recovery efforts, and independent scientists and members of academia who are contributing their expertise. While certain information will remain available on various agency websites and the White House blog, the new portal will link all resources together.