Oil Spill Response
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The Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the protection of threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and certain fish, marine mammals, and sea turtles. As a major federal landowner, we are also responsible for preparing for and responding to oil spills that may impact the 97 million acre National Wildlife Refuge system. We work proactively with the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, State agencies, and the spiller to support their efforts to contain the spill by providing response-related scientific and technical advice. We also work with our partners and co-trustees, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, other Department of the Interior Bureaus, States, and Indian tribes to help response personnel avoid or minimize injury to natural resources.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Documents/oilresponse012808.pdf, 1 MB