Oil spill news of the day, a number to know and a quote of note.

News of the day


1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has removed 339 square miles from the closed fishing area in the Gulf. The change is at the northeast edge of the closed area near Panama City Beach, Fla. The total federal closed fishing area now measures 78,264 square miles, or about 32 percent of the federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.


2. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, incident commander, sent a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward demanding more transparency in how BP is resolving claims associated with the massive oil spill. Allen also requested more transparency overall as the containment effort continues.


3. Stepping up pressure on BP, Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Watson sent a letter to BP COO Doug Suttles on Tuesday setting a 72-hour deadline for the company to present a plan to continue the containment effort should there be an operational failure or a hurricane.


Number to know


34


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Quote of note


"Access to this level of detail is critical to informing the public as to how BP is meeting its obligations as a responsible corporation. I expect a response from BP on this critical issue as soon as possible."


-- Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, incident commander, in a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, asking for access to the company claims database


GateHouse News Service