US gets world help for oil spillUS gets world help for oil spill

New Orleans –The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organisations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,the State Department said on Tuesday.

The State Department said in a news release that the US is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.

More than 30 countries and international organisations have offered to help with the spill. The US hasn’t made a final decision on most of the offers.

The US rarely faces a disaster of such magnitude that it requires international aid,but the government did accept assistance after Hurricane Katrina.

Most of the countries and groups have offered skimmers,boom or dispersant chemicals,according to a chart on the State Department’s website.

The chart indicated that offers have been accepted from six countries –Canada,Mexico,Croatia,the Netherlands,Norway and Japan.

One offer rejected

Offers also were accepted from two groups –the International Maritime Organisation and the Monitoring and Information Centre,which is operated by the European Commission.
The two organisations are offering technical assistance.

Mexico,Norway,the Netherlands and Japan are providing skimmers;Canada is providing containment boom;and Croatia is pitching in with technical advice.

Only one offer has been rejected,according to the chart. Dispersant chemicals offered by France are not approved for use in the US.

The chart did not list the other four countries or groups from which the US has accepted help.

The State Department referred calls to the Unified Area Command Joint Information Centre in Louisiana,which didn’t immediately have more information available on Tuesday night.

Almost all the countries and groups expect to be paid for their help,although the technical coordination from the two international groups and some containment boom offered by Mexico are free.

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