Oil Spill Response


Research Program Information

Response Activities

Member Institutions

Voting Members

Associate Members

Collaborations Between Academic Institutions

Federal Agencies

National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

On May 22, 2010 President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. This commission’s purpose is to:

  • Examine the facts and circumstances to determine the cause of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster
  • Develop options for guarding against future oil spills associated with offshore drilling
  • Submit a final public report to the President with its findings within 6 months of the Commission’s first meeting

Click here for videos of the November 8 and 9, 2010 Commission Hearing focusing on causes of BP’s Macondo Well blowout

Click here for Ocean Leadership’s recommendation letter to the National Oil Spill Commission for consideration in their final report which is expected in January.

Click here to view the Commission’s final report

Federal Discussion Sessions with External Partners on Sub-Surface Oil and Monitoring Strategy

Federal Budget of Oil from Gulf of Mexico Spill

Environmental Response and Monitoring

Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Park Service (NPS)

National Weather Service (NWS)

US Geological Survey (USGS)

GeoPlatformMapping the Response to BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Online tool that provides near-real time information about the response effort and displays the oil spill’s trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based including locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships.

Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service

Seafood Safety

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Human Health for Community Members and Workers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Heath (NIOSH)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Legislative Activity

Hearings Held

Committee pages dedicated to the Gulf Oil Spill investigation

Ocean Leadership wants to ensure this site has the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the ocean research community’s participation in the Gulf Oil Spill response and restoration. If you have information you would like us to consider for posting, please submit pertinent documents, announcements and opportunities to Ocean Leadership at oilspillresponse@oceanleadership.org.