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This is an update.  Within the text you will find a link to the chart so many readers liked so much.  The chart, according to the press release,  is updated regularly.  Here is what Hillary Clinton’s State Department is doing to help control and repair the assault on our precious beaches,  wetlands, and estuaries. (Editorial note:  You know I just cannot resist that picture of the SOS.  It is iconic.)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: International Offers of Assistance

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 29, 2010

The National Incident Command and the Federal On Scene Coordinator have determined that there is a resource need for boom and skimmers that can be met by offers of assistance from foreign governments and international bodies.

The United States will accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 countries and international bodies, including two high speed skimmers and fire containment boom from Japan. We are currently working out the particular modalities of delivering the offered assistance. Further details will be forthcoming once these arrangements are complete.

The Unified Area Command (UAC) under the direction of the Coast Guard, is coordinating the oil spill response in the Gulf. It includes representatives of the responsible parties, affected states and other Departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. The National Incident Command (NIC), headed by the U.S. Coast Guard, is working with the Department of State to support the UAC as it sources equipment, supplies and expertise.

The 27 countries which have offered the U.S. Government assistance are: the Governments of Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

The international bodies offering assistance are: the European Maritime Safety Agency, the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre, the International Maritime Organization, and the Environment Unit of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Environment Program.

The Department has released a chart of offers of assistance that the U.S. has received from other governments and international bodies. The chart is updated as necessary to include any additional offers of assistance and decisions on accepting the offers. The chart is posted on the State Department Web site at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143488.pdf

Please note: P.J. Crowley issued the follwing clarification on July 1, 2010.

Clarification of Media Note: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: International Offers of Assistance

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
July 1, 2010

To be clear, the acceptance of international assistance we announced today did not mean to imply that international help was arriving only now. In fact, before today, there were 24 foreign vessels operating in the region and 9 countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance. As early as May 11th boom arrived from Mexico, Norway and Brazil. Yesterday, additional assistance was announced.

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