Oil visible on the water’s surface in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Oil Spills and Ship Groundings
Each year, OR&R scientists and staff use their technical expertise to respond to 150-200 incidents in U.S. coastal waters, the majority of which are oil spills and vessel collisions or groundings. However, other incidents can result from hurricanes or drilling well blowouts, as in the case of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. Explore this sampling of photos from OR&R response efforts.