Oil Spill Incident Responses for April 2017
Close up of skimming device on side of a boat with oil and boom. Image Credit: U
The Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard, including what equipment may be most efficient for containing spilled oil. Skimmers come in various designs but all basically work by removing the oil layer from the surface of the water. Image credit: U.S. Coast Guard

May 2, 2017 - Oil spills come in all sizes from a pleasure boat’s small leak, to an oil platform explosion that results in environmental devastation, like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. Our Incident News website has information on oil spills and other incidents where we provided scientific support.

Here are this month’s responses:

Sunken Pleasure Craft, Pass a Loutre
Tug Powhatan
M/V Todd Brown
Mystery Sheen, NESDIS Report
BP Exploration Well #3, Prudhoe Bay, AK
U.S. Steel Hexavalent Chrome Release
F/V Bendora Aground
Vengeance crane barge sinking
Breton Sound Natural Gas Well Head 46D
UTV Michael Nadicksbernd
ATB Meredith Reinauer, Catskill, NY
MV Dawn
Anna Platform Pipeline Leak