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OR&R’s Dave Wesley being interviewed by the media following the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (NOAA)

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Where to Find OR&R and other NOAA Information on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

OR&R was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the earliest moments of the crisis in April 2010. The following websites represent the most up-to-date information on OR&R and NOAA activities related to the response, assessment, and restoration of theDeepwater Horizon oil spill.

K-9 Detection of Buried Oil on Beaches

MAY 5, 2017--This week, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division returned to Prince William Sound to use some of the old buried oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill to improve how we can find oil on the shoreline in the future.

Who Pays for Oil Spills?

When an oil spill occurs, there are very clear rules about who pays for the cleanup, the cost of assessing environmental damages, and implementing the necessary restoration.

The polluter most often foots the bill.

Response and Restoration in a Changing Arctic

Last week, the Administration hosted the first White House Arctic Science Ministerial. The gathering of science ministers, chief science advisers, and additional high-level officials from countries worldwide, as well as indigenous representatives, provided an opportunity to discuss Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing.

Proposed Settlement for St. Louis River Superfund Site

June 30, 2017 - A major Superfund site along the St. Louis River is getting $8.2 million to clean up and restore a portion of the river historically polluted by industrial waste.

Where to Find OR&R and other NOAA Information on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

OR&R was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the earliest moments of the crisis in April 2010. The following websites represent the most up-to-date information on OR&R and NOAA activities related to the response, assessment, and restoration of theDeepwater Horizon oil spill.

K-9 Detection of Buried Oil on Beaches

MAY 5, 2017--This week, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division returned to Prince William Sound to use some of the old buried oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill to improve how we can find oil on the shoreline in the future.

Who Pays for Oil Spills?

When an oil spill occurs, there are very clear rules about who pays for the cleanup, the cost of assessing environmental damages, and implementing the necessary restoration.

The polluter most often foots the bill.

Response and Restoration in a Changing Arctic

Last week, the Administration hosted the first White House Arctic Science Ministerial. The gathering of science ministers, chief science advisers, and additional high-level officials from countries worldwide, as well as indigenous representatives, provided an opportunity to discuss Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing.

Proposed Settlement for St. Louis River Superfund Site

June 30, 2017 - A major Superfund site along the St. Louis River is getting $8.2 million to clean up and restore a portion of the river historically polluted by industrial waste.