International Offers of Assistance for the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Taken Question)

Taken Question
Washington, DC
May 5, 2010

Question:  What countries have offered international assistance to the United States for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Answer:  As we work to ameliorate the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United States is grateful for the generous offers of assistance and advice received from the Governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.

Along with a general willingness to assist where possible, these offers include experts in various aspects of oil spill impacts, research and technical expertise, booms, chemical oil dispersants, oil pumps, skimmers, and wildlife treatment.

We have expressed thanks for all these offers. The U.S. Coast Guard, the lead U.S. agency in this response, continues to monitor developments and evaluate specific needs, and is currently reviewing offers of assistance.

While there is no need right now that the U.S. cannot meet, the U.S. Coast Guard is assessing these offers of assistance to see if there will be something which we will need in the near future.

PRN: 2010/575