HOUSTON – BP is making available the Gulf of Mexico environmental data that it, along with state and federal agencies, collected through the Deepwater Horizon Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment order.
The first such data will be the 2.3 million lines of water chemistry data collected since April 2010, as well as analyses of Macondo oil gatheredonboard theQ4000. BP says it will make the data available at a Website developed for the purpose at http://gulfsciencedata.bp.com.
“Providing access to this significant body of scientific information will help enhance Gulf-related scientific research and improve the public’s understanding of the condition of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Laura Folse, BP’s executive vice president for Response and Environmental Restoration. “Making the data and supporting information available in a usable format is part of BP’s ongoing effort to keep the public informed about potential injuries to, and the recovery of, natural resources in the Gulf.”
Following this initial release, more data releases are planned in 2014.
To date, BP says it has spent more than $26 billion onresponse, clean-up, and claims. This includes spending over $14 billion (and 70 million personnel hours) on response and clean-up, and more than $12 billion in payments on claims by individuals, businesses, and government entities.