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CHARLIE CRIST Governor SECRETARY MICHAEL W. SOLE Florida Department of Environmental Protection DAVID HALSTEAD State Coordinating Officer MEDIA ADVISORY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 CONTACT: PUBLIC INFORMATION (ESF 14): (850) 921-0217 FLORIDA DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE JULY 7, 2010 TALLAHASSEE – Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Hor
    CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEADGovernor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer MEDIA ADVISORY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 CONTACT: PUBLIC INFORMATION (ESF 14): (850) 921-0217 FLORIDA DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE JULY 7, 2010TALLAHASSEE  – Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the StateEmergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.The following is a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips forresidents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. ã Tar balls, tar patties and sheen have been reported in Northwest Florida, thoughfewer impacts have been observed due to westward-moving winds and oceancurrents. View the latest reconnaissance reports  Landfall Reports and Predictions: here.  ã Continued impacts will be possible in Northwest Florida over the next 72-hours,likely in the form of tar balls and tar patties. ã Nearly 90 percent of Florida’s more than more than 1260 miles of coastline  remains unimpacted. ã If oil is sighted on Florida’s coastline report it to the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335) or by dialing #DEP from most cell phones. ã Pensacola Pass as well as Perdido Pass will continue to be closed with the tideto reduce the amount of oil entering inland waters. These waterways are mannedto allow access to necessary vessel traffic and are open for vessel traffic duringlow tide. See NOAA tide predictions.  ã Observations by NOAA continue to indicate no significant amounts of oil movingtoward the Loop Current. The Loop Current Ring, a circular current which wasformerly part of the Loop Current provides no clear path for oil to enter theFlorida Straits. ã There have been no reports of Deepwater Horizon oil spill-related productsreaching the shore beyond the Northwest Florida region. There is no indicationthat the rest of the state will have impacts from weathered oil products within thenext 72 hours. ã The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a tropical wave locatednear the northwestern Yucatan Peninsula. This wave has been given a 40%chance of developing into a tropical depression by Friday before moving onto theTexas or Mexico coast.   2 ã Current projections estimate Deepwater Horizon’s discharge at 35,000 to 60,000barrels per day.  On Site Actions: Learn more.  ã BP is continuing its efforts to contain the leak and capture a substantial amountof leaking oil from the use of the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) CapContainment System.Get daily oil collection numbers here.  ã BP continues efforts to drill two relief wells. ã The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at Level 1. State Actions: ã Five state-leased skimmers continue to operate in Northwest Florida to protectsensitive inland water bodies. These skimmers are operating at the passes inEscambia, Okaloosa, Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties. ã DEP continues to conduct water sampling monitoring to establish baselineconditions throughout the state. Learn more about sampling and results atwww.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/water.htm.  ã DEP's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas is conducting watersampling under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.Learn more.  ã Real-time sampling data from statewide air quality monitoring can be viewed athttp://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/air.htm.Air quality reports for July 6revealed that air quality was considered good for ozone and fine particulateconcentrations in Northwest Florida. “Good” means the air quality is satisfactoryand air pollution poses little or no risk. ã Approximately 435,600 feet of hard boom and 7,760 feet of sorbent boom hasbeen placed in Northwest Florida along the most sensitive areas. Additionally,counties in the region are moving forward with supplemental booming plans. Asof July 6, 316,261 feet of supplemental boom has been deployed or staged byFlorida contractors. Boom Placement : ã There are Oil Impact Notices posted for all Escambia and Walton County Gulfbeaches, as well as designated beaches in Okaloosa County. Signs may remainin place until local authorities determine that beaches are no longer impacted bythe oil spill.  Health Effects: Learn more.  ã If residents or visitors see tar or oiled debris on the beach, DO NOT PICK IT UP .For most people, an occasional brief contact with a small amount of oil will notcause any harm, however it is not recommended. Learn more.  ã On July 4, NOAA revised the commercial and recreational fishing closure in theoil impacted areas of the Gulf of Mexico. The new closure measures 81,181square miles. This federal closure does not apply to any state waters and still Fisheries & Seafood:   3leaves approximately 66 percent of Gulf federal waters available for fishing.Learn more.  ã A portion of coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County is closed to theharvest of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp. Learn more.  ã To report oiled wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401. For the safety of the publicas well as the safety of animals, rescues should only be conducted by trainedresponders. Learn more.  ã Visit http://bpdecon.com for a list of vessel decontamination locations for oiled boats within the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Sector. Learn More About Florida’s Response: ã Visit www.deepwaterhorizonflorida.com to learn more about Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, sign up for daily updates, view tips forbusinesses and consumers, and much more. ã For a list of Unified Command, BP and Florida phone numbers, visithttp://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm#numbers.  ã The Oil Spill Information Line is available at 1-888-337-3569 from 8:00 a.m. to6:00 p.m. seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also beenestablished for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770(voice). ###  
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