The BP Gulf oil spill is devastating, pure and simple. Watching the oil gush non-stop into the Gulf is surreal and the pictures of the oil soaked birds is heart wrenching. This has really only begun to affect the residents and wildlife of this area and this catastrophe will be with us for months and years to come. Dwarfing the Exxon Valdez spill, whose affects are still widely felt, this spill is a definining moment of our times, as are our responses to it. Trying to stay on top of the ever changing information is a hurdle in and out itself. Below are a number of resources that we here at the Free Public Records Directory have found useful.
The official BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill site contains press briefings, latest news, video footage as well as information on how to report incidents and file claims. The White House has information about the White House and other federal government agencies responses to the oil spill. One can also view specific volunteer opportunities for Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.
The EPA has much worthwhile information including monitoring of air, water and sediment in the Gulf area as well as information on waste management plans for disposing of the recovered oil and oil contaminated waste. There is also information on the use of dispersants by BP, including press releases, transcripts, FAQ, and EPA’s list of authorized dispersants.
NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration provides daily updates on the BP Gulf oil spill situation, including information specifically for emergency responders. NOAA also assisted in the development of a mapping application that provides near real time information on the response effort. There is information about the oil spill’s trajectory as well as shipping information and fishery closures. Information about other recent and historical oil and chemical spill responses is also available, including new and historic photos.
As the nation and the world continues to watch this situation unfold, we will be watching for other useful sources of information. If you know of any, let us know by commenting on this article, and we will update the information listed.