Minerals Management Service and Transocean, among others. We are gratefulfor the leadership of President Obama, members of his cabinet, the stategovernors and local officials.As the scope of the unfolding disaster became more apparent, we reached outto additional scientists and engineers from our partners and competitors in theenergy industry, as well as engineering firms, academia, government and themilitary.Among the resources that have been made available:• Drilling and technical experts who are helping determine solutions to stoppingthe spill and mitigating its impact, including specialists in the areas of subseawells, environmental science and emergency response;• Technical advice on blowout preventers, dispersant application, wellconstruction and containment options;• Additional facilities to serve as staging areas for equipment and responders,more remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for deep underwater work, barges,support vessels and additional aircraft, as well as training and working spacefor the Unified Command.Working under the umbrella of the Unified Command, BP’s team of operationaland technical experts is coordinating with many federal, state, and localgovernmental entities and private sector organizations. These include theDepartments of Interior, Homeland Security, Energy, and Defense, the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Fish & Wildlife Service(USFW), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), EPA, OSHA, Gulf Coaststate environmental and wildlife agencies, the Marine Spill ResponseCorporation (MSRC) (an oil spill response organization), as well as numerousstate, city, parish and county agencies.Some of the best minds and the deepest expertise are being brought to bear.With the possible exception of the space program in the 1960s, it is difficult toimagine the gathering of a larger, more technically proficient team in one place inpeacetime. And including BP, industry and government resources, more than27,000 personnel are now engaged in the response in various activities such asbooming, skimming, surveying, clean-up operations, wildlife protection andrehabilitation and claims support. In addition, we are helping to train andorganize the more than 19,000 citizen volunteers who have come forward tooffer their services. The outpouring of support from government, industry,businesses and private citizens has truly been both humbling and inspiring.