LONDON -- BP says it has more than 2,500 people involved in the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill offshore Louisiana and has opened a fourth onshore command center at Mobile, Alabama. The onshore locations are preparing for a “major protection and cleaning effort” on the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
“In the past few days I have seen the full extent of BP’s global resources and capability being brought to bear on this problem, and welcome the offers of further assistance we have had from government agencies, oil companies and members of the public to defend the shoreline and fight this spill,” said Tony Hayward, BP Group chief executive. “We will be judged by the success we have in dealing with this incident and we are determined to succeed.”
BP says it is attacking the spill on several fronts including a continued effort to prevent oil from escaping the subsea well, to collect and separate oil in the water, to disperse the oil at its source, and to drill a relief well.
BP has called on expertise from other companies including Exxon, Shell, Chevron and Anadarko to help it activate the blow out preventer, and to offer technical support on other aspects of the response.