Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

[The following is archived information, last updated April 20, 2012. ]

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill site, hosted by the four Gulf Sea Grant programs, provides visitors with current information about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as easy access to the archives of science-based and objective content gathered in the wake of the spill. Content will be continually updated, and visitors should check back often for new and revised information.

The spill was caused by an explosion and subsequent fire that damaged a deepwater drilling platform approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. The rig capsized and sank on April 22, 2010, after burning for hours. The rig was owned by Transocean and was under contract to British Petroleum (BP).

NOAA has established a toll-free number for fishermen to call for the coordinates of areas closed due to the oil spill. The number is 1-800-627-NOAA (1-800-627-6622).

Oil Spill Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)

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