Friday

BP / Deepwater Horizon Incident Oil Spill Update

Orange Beach waterways, unfortunately, have seen scattered oil impact that has come through Perdido Pass. City officials and staff are working with BP and its contractors to clean the beaches and waterways as quickly as possible. It is expected for more product to come ashore over the next 24 hours. The public is reminded to please, DO NOT TOUCH OIL in any form. The BP hotline for reporting oil on the shore and for private property is 1-866-448-5816. To report oil
impacts to wildlife, contact 866-557-1401. The majority of the oil impact came through the pass prior to the completion of the boom strategy.
Work has begun on the Perdido Pass Emergency Oil Spill Protection Projection. This is more sophisticated protection system. More details about the plan will be on our website Friday.
The US Coast Guard has closed Perdido Pass to recreational boat traffic during the incoming tide. It is open during the out going tide. Due to the large anticipated amount of product expected to arrive in our area over the next 48 hours, we do anticipate to closing of the public boat launches and waterways to boat traffic by the Coast Guard. We should have more information regarding the closures tomorrow at midday.
At the Governor’s request, the Alabama National Guard and Alabama EMA will be visiting businesses in each Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to increase awareness about the BP claims process for individuals and businesses.
Anyone who has suffered a loss due to this incident, from loss of wages to lost revenue, is encouraged to start the claims process.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has expanded the Swimming Advisory to include Alabama gulf waters to now include the waters of Bayou St John, Terry Cove, Cotton Bayou and Old River. Advisory notices are posted at public beach accesses. These are precautionary measures issued to protect the public’s health.
The City of Orange Beach is continuing to work with the City of Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, State of Alabama officials: Shelby, Sessions and Bonner and Federal officials on a daily basis to improve the response. The City’s new beach cleaner arrived today and was put into operation.
The City has scheduled a seventh general information meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12pm at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. The location has been changed to handle the large crowd anticipated. These meetings will be held regularly on Wednesdays at noon to give citizens the opportunity to be updated by the Mayor and other City Leaders about the City’s response and action plan. We have invited our county, state and federal leaders to be present as well.
NOAA Fisheries Service has modified the boundaries of the closed fishing area to better reflect the current location of the BP oil spill. Commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in the closed area. Federal waters are three miles out from Alabama State Line and nine miles out from the Florida State Line.

For More info and water conditions call the hotline: 251-980-4636