Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery September 28, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF
In mid-April 2010, a deepwater drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana capsized and sank following an explosion. After multiple attempts to cap the well head, oil continued to spill and drift to shore. Louisiana's marshes were affected first.

 

2010 Gulf Oil Disaster

In mid-April, a deepwater drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana capsized and sank following an explosion. After multiple attempts to cap the well head, oilcontinued to spill and drift to shore. Louisiana's marshes were affected first.

In response to the first news of the oil spill, Four Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Sea Grant Programs (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi-Alabama and Texas) launched the Sea Grant oil spill website. The site contains background information; recovery; and other pertinent information.

A Unified Command was established immediately following the event to coordinate the response. A unified command links the organizations responding to an incident and provides a forum for those organizations to make consensus decisions. The following agencies and organizations were involved in the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command:

  • BP
  • NOAA
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Transocean
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • National Park Service
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  • Minerals Management Service
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Department of State

The well was declared completely and permanently sealed September 19, 2010. See the wikipedia timeline.

RestoreTheGulf is the official federal portal for ongoing response and recovery.

 

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