BP and people of United States are in a race against time to put an end to the immense Gulf of Mexico oil spill, United States government stated that Monday it has received aid offers from different countries around the world, which includes 17 countries and four international bodies.
Recently, diplomats from different nations are lending a helpful hand to the government response team and BP with source apparatus, materials, and services from foreign governments and international bodies.
They also provide support to interagency group responsible in overseeing the spill response, tracking possible sources of needed supplies and equipment, and providing assistance to BP’s sourcing through coordinating with foreign ministries and expediting the processing of visa, as well as in researching and analyzing possible solutions, including rendering heavy equipment and pumps to efficiently manage the all aspects of clean up operation.
The State Department mentioned that they assisted BP in sourcing technical experts and equipment from different countries, which includes United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Bahrain, Singapore, Algeria, Brazil, Latvia, China, and the Taiwan.
The United States Department declared that they will pay whatever foreign support they received. But some private companies and foreign governments were dismayed after their offers of support were turned down.
Couple of days ago, a consummate Norwegian oil industry group with a record of success in battling oil spills said the United States rejected there offer to send 5,297 cubic feet (150 cubic meters) of dispersants to clear out the Gulf of Mexico gusher because the chemicals doesn’t have enough US certification.
Sjur W. Knudsen said (Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies – NOFO — managing director)
“BP has contacted us and requested our assistance in the response efforts,”
“The dispersants we use have not been certified in the United States even though they are more environmentally friendly” than the ones currently being used, Sjur Knudsen said.
BP were using Corexit, an intense dispersant that environmentalists have warned that might cause even more damage to the Gulf and wildlife than the spilled oil itself.
According to the State Department, they were considering all offers of aid with utmost care –
“All offers of assistance are considered promptly and carefully, are expedited if needed, and are appreciated greatly by the American people as we address this threat to our Gulf Coast.”