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BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This site has been established to track what's happening in the Gulf of Mexico and provide information on how Washington State is providing assistance.

Last updated 3/25/2011




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Statistics Updated for:

August 27

August 25

Response Vessels    
Vessels of Opportunity: 1340 1406
Barges: 610 511
Skimmers: 835 835
Other Vessels: 2274 1623
Total active response vessels: 5059 4375
Aircraft: 64 72
Boom Data    
Boom deployed: more than 2.3 million feet more than 2.3 million feet
Boom staged: more than 1.6 million feet more than 1.3 million feet
Total boom: more than 3.9 million feet more than 3.6 million feet
Oil Recovered    
Oily water recovered: more than 34.7 million gallons nearly 34.7 million gallons
Amount estimated burned: 11.1 million gallons 11.1 million gallons
Oil recovered at the source over last 24hrs: 0 gallons 0 gallons
Surface dispersant used: 1,072,514 gallons 1,072,514 gallons
Subsea dispersant used: 771,272gallons 771,272gallons
Total dispersant used: 1,843,786 gallons 1,843,786 gallons
Personnel Involved    
Overall personnel responding: more than 29,705 personnel responding more than 30,294 personnel responding




Week of:

Summary of Events

  • United States Navy Northwest - Five near shore skimmers and five workboats.
  • Returned to the state: Chevron Pipeline - Elastic Drum Skimmer; 1000 feet of Kepner containment boom mobilized to a pipeline spill response in Utah.
  • Returned to the state: NWFFE - 4000 feet of 18 inch boom is expected to be delivered on 7/15/2010.
  • NWFFE: 3000 feet of 18 inch boom from Philomath, Oregon.
  • Cowlitz Clean Sweep: A total of 1200 feet of 20 inch boom mobilized from Washington and Oregon. From Longview, WA - 700 feet and Eugene, OR - 500 feet.
  • USCG Sector Portland: Sector Portland has now sent 38 personnel to the Gulf- 13 Active Duty and 25 Reservists.
  • Burrard Clean (Canadian Contractor): Deployed 500' of fire boom.
  • National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group determines that the overall best initial estimate for the lower and upper boundaries of flow rates of oil is between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels per day.
  • Dale Jensen presents information on the state’s spill program and updates Washington Legislature on the Gulf spill (PowerPoint available-PDF).
  • MSRC - 3 Shallow water barge systems from the following Washington/Oregon locations. 1) Bellingham, 1) Port Angeles and 1) Portland
  • BP says they will continue to use Corexit while looking at other alternatives.
  • EPA orders BP to change the type of dispersant the company is using in the Gulf. The Corexit dispersants were removed from a list of approved dispersants in Britain a decade ago though they are still approved for use in the United States and Canada, which rely on different types of testing.
  • Scientist outside of Unified Command now estimate volume at 70,000 barrels (3 million gallons) a day. Equivalent to a Exxon Valdez size spill every 3 days.
  • USCG: 1 VOSS Trailer (Astoria, OR) enroute Amelia, LA staging. 1 VOSS trailer (Manchester, WA) enroute Amelia, LA staging.  3 Boom trailers (4000’) Astoria, OR) enroute Amelia LA staging. 3 Boom trailers (4500’) (Indian Island, WA) enroute Amelia, LA staging.
  • National Response Corporation (NRCES): 10,000' of boom from Washington and Oregon. 3000' - Portland, 2000' -Tacoma, 2000' - Port Angeles, 2000' - Seattle, 1000' - Kent.  
  • Clean Rivers Cooperative (CRC): 20,000' of boom from Washington and Oregon.  Port of Vancouver – 5000’,   Longview - 5500', St. Helens – 4500’, Portland -  5000'
  • Global Diving and Salvage (CDS): 23 personnel, 3 Rope Mop skimmers, 1 RBS-5 skimmer, and a Shoreline Cleanup Trailer.
  • Cowlitz Clean Sweep (CCS): A total of 6500' of 18"-20" boom mobilized from Washington and Oregon.  Washington locations: 1000' - Portland, 1000' - Longview, 1500' - Aberdeen, 1500' - Port Angeles.
  • NWFFE: 4000' of 18"-24" boom mobilized from Philomath, Oregon
  • NWFF Environmental (NWFFE): Mobilized 10 personnel to assist with MSRC's communications in the Gulf.  
  • Navy: NavySUPLAV is deployed assets from PT. Hueneme, CA.
  • United States Coast Guard: A portion of the D-13 Incident Management Assist Team has been released to support response operations in the Gulf. 
  • MSRC: 1400' of Fire Boom from Port Angeles has been requested in the Gulf to support in-situ burn operations.  
  • MSRC: 26 Region personnel to staff in the Gulf supporting the response efforts. 
  • Initial volume estimated by Unified Command at 5000 barrels (210,240 gallons) a day.
  • Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC): Dispersant product (about 15,000 gallons of Corexit 9527) from the Pacific Northwest has been sent to support the Deepwater Horizon response in the Gulf.
  • Ecology establishes website to track information and equipment request for response in Gulf.
  • Spill is categorized as "A Spill of National Significance (SONS)" enabling all necessary response equipment and personnel to help with response efforts.
  • Oil rig Deepwater Horizon fire and explosion in Gulf of Mexico - 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. 11 personnel un accounted for and oil leaking from ocean floor pipe.


  • Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866)-448-5816
  • Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511
  • Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system: (281) 366-5511
  • Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858
  • Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401



How is Washington helping?

Washington is tracking all equipment and personnel request for deployment to the Gulf. The timeline above is a summary list, tracking significant events and resources committed for the Gulf. There is also a more detailed list available, click here.

How does this impact Washington State?

We all have a stake in this disaster and in assisting the communities that are being impacted by the spill. However, there is some level of readiness below which we cannot fall here in Washington.  We all have commitments to the environment, economy, cultural resources and quality of life here in our state.

There are many things to consider when processing requests for assistances to other communities after a disaster or incident occurs.

  • We must maintain a core level of readiness here in case we experience spills in our area. 
  • We need to consider options for back filling for equipment and people that are sent. We can manage a short term loss in readiness by moving equipment around the state and bringing other responders from standby status to full time.
  • Washington state will benefit by sending people to this spill because any contractors and state personnel going to the Gulf will bring back practical hands on experience in the latest response techniques and learn lessons for future system improvements that can be applied here in Washington.
  • When the equipment is replaced or returned, we will expect it to be in either enhanced in some way (newer model, newer version, other add-ons) or at a minimum be cleaned and returned in top operating condition.