Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Spill Update to STB Members

Dear members and friends of Save The Bay,

I’m writing to update you on our efforts related to the April 20 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With the damaged well continuing to gush an estimated 200,000 gallons a day, this spill is shaping up to be an unprecedented environmental disaster for the nation. We want to let you know what we are doing about it, and what you can do to help.

Save The Bay has been in close touch with the regional command of the Coast Guard and our affiliated environmental organizations in the Gulf to offer our support and assistance with volunteer management, response and damage assessment. Yesterday, the Waterkeeper Alliance formed a special national committee including veterans of major oil spills to provide support for the affected areas on which we will serve.

Among the lessons we learned in the North Cape Oil Spill in 1996 and in the Penn 460 Oil Spill in 2000 are that strong volunteer management and active public participation is essential to ensure that the response and natural resource damage restoration processes following the spill are transparent, fair and effective.

We know that people all over the country are extremely concerned about this precious coastline, and we stand ready to do anything we can to help. Volunteers are presently being recruited and trained by our partner organizations in the Gulf. As the oil comes ashore in the next few days and weeks, they will play a critical role in reconnaissance, shoreline surveys, and finding and reporting dead and injured birds, wildlife and fish.

Over the weeks and months to come, we will develop a better picture of what we need to do to clean up and restore the damage from this catastrophic event. Just as importantly, we will need to take all necessary steps to prevent this kind of disaster in the future. It will be a long process, and it will affect all of us. We will keep you apprised of any developments.

In the meantime, please consider a gift to our partners at:

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/

Mobile Baykeeper http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/ or any Gulf Coast Waterkeepers at www.waterkeeper.org

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana http://www.crcl.org/

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