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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Summer 2010
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, resulting in the tragic deaths of 11 workers and many more injured who were subsequently rescued at sea. The exploration well was located in the Mississippi Canyon Block 252, in the Gulf of Mexico, and was operated by British Petroleum (BP) and owned by Transocean Ltd.
On April 22, 2010, the rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a damaged riser spilling an estimated 185 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf by the time it was capped off on July 15, 2010. This incident was declared a “spill of national significance” by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. A full-scale emergency response plan was launched by the responsible party, BP, and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in an effort to contain the oil spill, cap the undersea well, and mitigate the consequences to the gulf coast.
LA BEOC Role
The LA BEOC was partially activated on April 28, 2010 in response to the Gulf Oil Spill and tasked to respond and assist in four areas:
Economic Impact Assessments
The LA BEOC team estimated the volume of the spill corresponding to various scenarios of spillage as well as estimated the impact to various sectors of the state economy by engaging subject matter experts from universities, in consultation with industry. This work assisted in determining the impacts of the oil spill to the Louisiana economy.
In response to Governor Jindal’s call for innovative ideas, the LA BEOC team created a web portal which collected ideas and proposals, and forwarded them to the appropriate agency. The proposal categories included Coastal Resource Protection; Dispersal and Skimming; Fish and Wildlife; Remediation and Recovery; Well Shut-off effort, and boom. A science panel, consisting of experts from around the state, was established to review proposals, make recommendations, and forward to BP and the USCG.
Private Sector Resources
The LA BEOC team researched local, state, and national private sector resources available to meet specific needs identified by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in managing and responding to the oil spill.
The LA BEOC team published an informative website making available relevant links including those for volunteers and donations as well as other emergency services available to the public.
The LA BEOC Portal is designed and developed by
the NIMSAT Institute
, under a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with
the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (
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