Better late than never, US says yes to international help to clean-up BP oil spill

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By Carl Bagh | July 1, 2010 1:54 AM EST

U.S. State Department said yes to receiving assistance from 12 countries and international bodies to clean the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Around 27 countries had voluntarily offered help. The modalities of the assistance are due to be worked out.

U.S. has received 22 offers of assistance including two high speed skimmers and fire containment equipment from Japan.

Assistance from two international bodies - European Maritime Safety Agency, the European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre, the International Maritime Organization, and the Environment Unit of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Environment Program have been accepted.

The countries from whom US have accepted assistance are Canada, Norway, Netherlands, Croatia, Japan and Mexico.

Most of the assistance is in the form of booms, skimmers, vessels, chemical dispersants and technical workforce.

Seems like help has come late but the news release states that offer for assistance started flowing as early as April 30 from Sweden, Canada, UK, Romania, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland.

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