While the oil has stopped flowing directly into the Gulf of Mexico, clean up processes continue to work to contain all that remains. Workers have used absorbent polyethylene pads to soak up the oil, centrifugal force to spin the oil out of the denser water, chemicals to solidify it, bacteria to consume it, dispersants to cause it to mix with water, and skimming vessels to lift the oil off the surface of the Gulf.
Up to date information on clean up efforts can be found at :
- Restorethegulf.gov. Contact: 985-902-5231 or 985-902-5240.
- the Environmental Protection Agency
- NOAA Gulf Response
Comprehensive weekly reports by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation provide detailed maps and summaries of oil location and clean up efforts as documented each week.
U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center
You can submit claims for lost profits or earning capacity through the National Pollution Funds Center.
Contact: Tom Morrison at 202-493-6831
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
To Report Oil on Land: 866-448-5816
To Report Oiled or Injured Wildlife: 866-557-1401
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological function. The Office provides comprehensive solutions to environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris.
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working closely with state and federal agencies and British Petroleum (BP) officials to protect fish and wildlife resources along the state’s coastline following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf on April 20, 2010. Maps that outline fishing closures for the State of Louisiana in waters affected by the Oil Spill are available here.
Contact: X A. Kell McInnis III
U.S. Coast Guard
Information and contact lists for the District 8, New Orleans Command Sector of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Portal
Portal for aggregated information about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs
Provides visitors with access to a wealth of data concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Website content will be continually updated, and visitors should check back often for new and revised information
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Has created an “Oil Spill Crisis Map” that will allow Gulf Coast residents to report fishers out of work, endangered wildlife, oil on shore, oil sheens and other effects of the oil spill.
Reports can be made at the website, by texting 504-272-7645, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is the protection and restoration of a sustainable coastal Louisiana. You can register to volunteer at their website.
Contact: (888) LA-COAST (888) 522-6278
Register to volunteer for Oil Spill clean-up activities with the Sierra Club.
Gulf Restoration Network