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Ship attempting to collect oil from DWH oil spill
Ship attempting to collect oil from Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Photo: NOAA)

Deepwater Horizon Collection of NOAA Science Literature Now Available

January 30, 2024

A new resource is available that provides easy access to NOAA’s assessment and restoration related studies pertaining to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Restoration (DWH) is the newest collection within the NOAA Institutional Repository

The collection contains NOAA-authored publications, peer-reviewed articles, technical memos, and studies documenting impacts from the oil spill. Additionally, viewers can find information about NOAA’s work to advance restoration science, which will improve our ability to identify and fill data gaps, implement more targeted restoration efforts, and advance monitoring and evaluation of the recovery of NOAA trust resources.

About the Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion, which killed 11 men, caused the rig to sink and started a catastrophic oil leak from the well. Before it was capped three months later, approximately 134 million gallons of oil had spilled into the Gulf, the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Injuries to natural resources were assessed, which then led to the largest Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) ever undertaken to evaluate the type and amount of restoration needed. 

Since then, the responsible party—BP—has agreed to provide to the Trustees up to $1 billion for early restoration projects, and up to $8.8 billion for restoration from an approved settlement.

For more information and to stay in the know, visit the Gulf Spill Restoration website, sign up for DARRP’s Coastal Recovery news, and/or Deepwater Horizon Trustee news.