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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Oil located on beach. Credit: Jennifer Strickland/USFWS.
Oil located on beach. Credit: Jennifer Strickland/USFWS.

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has solidifies its place in history as an unprecedented national environmental disaster that will affect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for several years to come. Devastation to fisheries, local economies, marine life, birds, coastal wetlands, and other wildlife and plants has prompted immediate action by the Federal government. The response of the Service’s own employees demonstrated our commitment to the protection and conservation of our environment and its wildlife. Initiatives such as the movement and release of Brown Pelicans at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas in July 2010, the relocation of sea turtle eggs to unaffected shorelines has displayed tenacity and dedication to recovery from the spill. Millions of feet of boom were deployed and still the oil fought its way through to our shorelines.

Not only do we, as environmental and wildlife conservationists, need to understand the consequences of the crude oil on the Gulf Coast area, we also need to study and understand the effects of the over 1.8 million gallons of dispersants used in early efforts to limit the immediate impacts of the spill. The necessary research and experimentation in response to this spill will help us as a larger populace to be prepared in the event of future disasters. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill serves to exemplify the delicate nature of the Gulf Coast Shores, our coastal refuges, and the wildlife that inhabit those areas. This situation will continue to require a unified response effort among Service employees, our partners, and research centers as we all work towards a unified goal, recovery.

Unified Command

In the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, A Unified Command was established to manage response operations for the April 20, 2010 incident. A Unified Command links the organizations responding to an incident and provides a forum for those organizations to make consensus decisions. Some of the sites listed below are maintained by the Unified
Command’s Joint Information Center (JIC). You can find current information about past efforts, press releases, Long-term restoration plans, and current projects listed on the official websites.


Official Website

White House Site

BP Official Oil Spill Response Site

Phone Numbers

JIC Number: 713/323-1670 or 713/323-1671

Report oiled or injured wildlife: 1-866-557-1401

Report oil on land: 1-866-448-5816

Last updated: December 17, 2010
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