Oil Spills

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Silhouette of a common loon swimming on the surface of a river as the sun sets. Photo: Joseph Sands, USFWS.

Out For Public Input: Draft Plan to Restore Birds Killed, Injured by 2003 Oil Spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have released a draft plan to restore common loons and other birds that were killed and injured by the 2003 Bouchard Barge 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The plan is available for public comment through October 31, 2019.

Water runs through a culvert under a road, but it's too high for fish to pass through and needs to be replaced.

Comments Sought on Maine Gulf-Chevron Draft Restoration Plan, Proposed Fish Passage Projects

NOAA and the other Gulf-Chevron Terminal Facility case Trustees released a draft restoration plan proposing projects to restore areas affected by multiple oil spills at the site in Maine. The proposed projects will improve river ecosystem habitats in the Penobscot River watershed for a wide variety of fish and wildlife using or migrating through areas affected by the spills.

Two fishing reels with sky in the background

Comments Welcomed on Cooper River/M/V Everreach Draft Restoration Plan for Recreational Uses

The Cooper River/M/V Everreach oil spill Trustees released the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Recreational Uses for public comment through July 27, 2019. The draft plan includes 2 preferred project alternatives to compensate for recreational fishing losses due to the 2002 spill.

Responder in gloves holds sea turtle covered in oil during Deepwater Horizon oil spill (NOAA).

Story Map: Oil Spill Response and Assessment Guidelines for Sea Turtles

During an oil spill important decisions need to be made fast, so it is critical that experts are equipped with the tools they need to consider all types of marine resources.

This is especially important when it comes to protected species like sea turtles. 

A loggerhead turtle swimming by divers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Comments Welcomed on Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Draft Restoration Plan

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has 

Cleanup worker on beach with hands covered in oil. Image credit: Alaska Public Archives

Story Map: The Spills Behind the Oil Pollution Act

Thirty years ago on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred. It was America's largest oil spill at the time, and is largely credited with the passage of the Oil Pollution Act.

But it was not the only big spill of 1989. Between June 23 and 24, three different oil tankers accidentally poured their cargo into U.S. coastal waters.

A pair of common loons on the water's surface, facing each other.

Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Restoration Plan 1 Finalized

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has approved its Final Restoration Plan 1 a

Marsh at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Coast.

NOAA Announces Latest Partnership to Restore Habitats Damaged by Oil and Hazardous Waste

NOAA and Ducks Unlimited are teaming up to restore habitat damaged from oil spills and hazardous waste releases. An initial cooperative agreement between the two organizations includes $1.8 million for restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico, in coordination with the State of Texas.