The Administration launched a new website, RestoreTheGulf.gov, to be a central location for news and information on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing response and recovery efforts. National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen explains:
We are committed to providing the American people access to complete and accurate information about our response to the BP oil spill and the resources available to assist those directly impacted. RestoreTheGulf.gov will provide even greater transparency and openness about the BP oil spill, our historic response, the tools available to assist Gulf Coast communities, and plans for the region’s long-term recovery and restoration.
The site offers easy-to-navigate information about the claims and appeals process–as well as other types of assistance available from federal, state, local and non-government sources–for individuals, businesses and communities who have been affected by the spill. It will also contain information about plans for the long-term economic and environmental restoration in the Gulf Coast region.
The public can view details about current operations, resources in specific states and localities, mapping and data resources, and ongoing investigations as well as oil spill data collected throughout the federal government.
In addition, users can find information about ways to get involved–including volunteer opportunities, how to submit a suggestion and how to report concerns about oiled shoreline or wildlife–and a comprehensive list of all hotline numbers related to the oil spill.
You can also get updates from the Joint Information Center on twitter by following @Oil_Spill_2010.