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

Press Statement
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.

The Media Note announcing the acceptances is available at:

PRN: 2010/883


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