|A still image from a live BP video feed shows oil gushing from the damaged BP oil well-pipe on June 7, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The cap on the damaged oil well captured 11,000 barrels of oil in the last 24 hours, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said Monday, adding that years needed to restore environments and habitats in the polluted waters. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
OTTAWA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced that the United States has accepted an offer from the Government of Canada to help contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a press release said on Monday.
The Government of Canada is providing offshore booms to assist with oil spill clean up efforts underway in the Gulf of Mexico, the release said. She said that people must keep in mind that they are "all global citizens" when faced with an environmental tragedy like the one in the Gulf of Mexico. "Canada and the United States have a long-standing tradition of helping one another in times of need, and we stand ready to assist our American neighbors. "
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), which is a Special Operating Agency of Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, has examined its environmental response capacity and determined that it can assist the United States by providing at least 3,000 meters of ocean boom at this time, which is in addition to technical and scientific support already being provided by Canada.
"Canada is pleased to share our leading edge scientific and environmental response capability with a friend and neighbor in need," said Blackburn. "Our government will continue to work closely with the U.S. to ensure we can maximize Canada's contribution to the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico."
At the U.S.'s request, Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans sent a team of scientists from its Center for Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research to assist U.S. officials with monitoring the effectiveness of their clean-up operations.
Transport of Canada and Environment of Canada have been working closely together to provide aerial surveillance of the spill area to help determine the course and location of the oil, and to target cleanup operations.