New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Environmental Contaminants
Oil Spills

Impacted coastal marsh photo

The US Fish and Wildlife Service's Oil Spill Program is to emphasize early planning and cooperation at the local, regional and national level in an effort to minimize the injury to fish, wildlife, and sensitive environments from oil spills. During a spill event, we assist State and other Federal officials in spill response. Service personnel participate as members of an integrated response team, responding to chemical and oil spills in all six New England states.

On major spills, Service personnel work in two primary areas: spill response and damage assessment. Response activities include identification of sensitive areas, recovery of oiled wildlife for cleaning and rehabilitation, shoreline assessments, and sample collections. During and after the response effort, the Service, along with other agencies called Trustees will perform a damage assessment. They identify the natural resources injured, determine the extent of the injuries, and plan and carry out natural resource restoration activities

Oil and Nature (PDF size 101KB)

Oil Spills and the Public (PDF size 17KB)

The Service’s Role During Oil Spills (PDF size 1.03MB)

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Useful Websites


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Oil Spill website

U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

EPA - Responding to Oil Spills


Spills in Connecticut

Spills in Maine

Spills in Massachusetts

Spills in New Hampshire

Spills in Vermont

Spills in Rhode Island

Oil Spills in New England where Restoration is in Progress

North Cape Oil Spill (RI) (PDF Size 723kb)
Bouchard Barge No. 120 Oil Spill (MA)


Last updated: September 16, 2009