Bob Dudley won't officially become the CEO of BP until October. But he's already spearheading the company's efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, after being appointed in June to replace Tony Hayward in that role.
Dudley traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday, to provide an update on relief efforts. According to The Associated Press, Dudley re-affirmed the company's commitment to ensuring coastal cleanup is complete; but, at the same time, he acknowledged that cleanup in some areas of the gulf coast could be reduced.
BP also announced this week that James Lee Witt, a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been appointed to advise the company as it continues its work in the gulf.
According to a report on the official website tracking gulf coast recovery, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has deemed Southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the East Coast "not likely to experience any effects from the remaining oil on the surface of the Gulf, as the oil continues to degrade and is hundreds of miles away from the loop current." Experts had warned several weeks ago that the loop current could bring some of the oil spilling into the gulf from the spill site to those areas.
The site also provided an update on the number of boats collecting oil, reporting that more than 34 million gallons had been recovered, and another 11 million burned off the surface of the water. According to The AP, somewhere between 94 million and 184 million gallons of oil have gushed into the gulf in the weeks before BP placed a new containment cap on the well July 15.
National Incident Commander Thad Allen has said BP will begin its so-called static kill procedure -- to finally, permanently seal the well -- within the next few days. He said that procedure, which involves using two relief wells to shoot mud and cement into the well, could then take several more days to complete.