Timeline of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (August 2010)

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Following is a timeline of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for August 2010 .


August 1–7

  • August 1
  • Some BP gas stations say they want to revert to the Amoco brand.[1]
  • BP exec Doug Suttles says he would eat seafood from the Gulf saying, “There's been a tremendous amount of testing done by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the state agencies and the FDA and others. They're not going to open these waters to either sport fishing or commercial fishing if it's not safe to eat the fish…I have a lot of confidence in those agencies and I trust their recommendations and I would eat their food -- the seafood out of the Gulf, and I would feed it to my family.”
  • August 2
  • August 3
  • August 4
  • BP reports that the well achieved “static condition” shortly after midnight after 2,300 barrels of drilling mud is said to fill the well.[14][16][17]
  • Harry Reid delays a vote on Senate bill which would lift the $75 million cap for economic damages from a spill under after the summer recess.[18]
  • NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco release the Oil Budget Calculator which says, “it is estimated that burning, skimming and direct recovery from the wellhead removed one quarter (25%) of the oil released from the wellhead. One quarter (25%) of the total oil naturally evaporated or dissolved, and just less than one quarter (24%) was dispersed (either naturally or as a result of operations) as microscopic droplets into Gulf waters. The residual amount — just over one quarter (26%) — is either on or just below the surface as light sheen and weathered tar balls, has washed ashore or been collected from the shore, or is buried in sand and sediments. Oil in the residual and dispersed categories is in the process of being degraded.”[19][20]
  • August 5
  • BP begins pumping cement into the well from the top. Greg McCormack, program director of the Petroleum Extension Service at the University of Texas, Austin explains “When the well is static, it’s killed…But if you remove the pressure, it can become unkilled. Once you put cement in it from the bottom, then it can never be unkilled.” Plans are continuing to place cement in the bottom starting around August 15.[21]
  • Workers file $10 billion suit against BP in the over a Spring 2010 incident in 500,000 pounds of pollutants, including benzene were released at the Texas City, Texas refinery that was the site of the 2005 Texas City Refinery explosion.[22]
  • BP completes cementing of the well from the top at 2:15 p.m. CDT.[23]
  • August 6
  • Mike Utsler replaces Doug Suttles as BP's lead representative in the Unified Area Command and as chief operating officer for the BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, Suttles will return to his job as BP COO.[24]
  • Suttles says BP may drill the well again.[25]

August 8–14

Barack Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.
  • August 8
  • James Cameron tells MTV about his proposals early in the spill for providing cameras for covering the spill, and that ultimately his proposals were adopted. He notes, "If you're relying on BP for imagery, you're basically relying on the criminal's video of the crime scene."[26]
  • August 9
  • Rahm Emanuel, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner, White House Counsel Robert Bauer, and Allen meet with BP executives Bob Dudley and Lamar McKay at the White House to discuss long term issues.[27]
  • Obama meets with members of the Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints at the White House incorporating comments about the spill into his speech saying, "Yesterday, we learned that a procedure to prevent any more oil from spilling with a cement plug appears to have succeeded. And the final steps will be taken later in August when the relief well is completed. But what is clear is that the battle to stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf is just about over."[28]
  • BP pays its first $3 billion into the spill trust fund. It will pay $1.25 billion each quarter until it reaches $20 billion.[29]
  • August 10
  • Thad Allen says the drilling of the relief well has been suspended because of an approaching tropical storm.[30]
  • NOAA reopens 5,144 square miles (13,320 km2) of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational finfish fishing (along west Florida coast). Another 52,395 square miles (135,700 km2) remain closed – down 22 percent from its height.[30][31]
  • U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transfers 77 suits in seven courts to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Carl J. Barbier.[32] The court is expected to consolidate at least 300 suits.[33]
  • August 11
  • August 12
  • Work on the relief well begins as the storm passes.[40]
  • August 13
  • August 14
  • Obama on a one a night vacation stays at the Back Bay Marriott in Panama City Beach, Florida. The White House releases a photo of Obama and Sasha Obama swimming in St. Andrew's Bay (Florida) near Alligator Point. The Press was not present during the swim.[43]
  • Allen authorizes the bottom kill to begin. The relief well is 3-1/2 horizontally 50 feet (15 m) from the intercept point. The intercept has been delayed by a review to "exclude any low probability, high consequence events"[44]

August 15–22

  • August 16
  • Shrimping season begins in the Gulf[45]
  • BP says it will contribute $52 million to help address the immense behavioral health issues arising from the spill.[46]
  • August 18


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