EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
What You Can Do
In response to the BP oil spill, EPA monitored air, water, sediment, and waste generated by the cleanup operations. Ongoing response and restoration efforts are posted to RestoreTheGulf.gov.
While emergency response data collection has ended, results continue to be available on this site. Any new data will continue to be posted to this site, and data will continue to be available here for the foreseeable future.
Much of the content of this site continues to be available for historical and information purposes, but we are no longer updating these pages on a regular basis.
- Learn how you can volunteer at Serve.gov and RestoreTheGulf.gov
- Report an oil sighting:
- Report oiled shoreline: 1-866-448-5816
- Report oiled wildlife: 1-866-557-1401 (Leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly)
- Discuss spill related damage: 1-800-440-0858
- To report an odor please call - 1-866-448-5816
If you feel ill due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or have oil spill health related questions, call the Poison Control number 1-800-222-1222
- Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program:(281) 366-5511
- Submit a claim for damages: 1-800-440-0858
- Submit a question or a comment about the spill.
- Submit a technology solution.
Vendors - submit information to EPA's list of contract services your company can offer.
- National Park Service updates about potential park closures, resources at risk, and NPS actions to protect vital park space and wildlife
- Fish and Wildlife Service updates about response along the Gulf Coast and the status of national wildlife refuges
- NOAA's daily updates on fishing closures
- Follow EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Facebook or Twitter
- Follow EPA on Facebook or Twitter
Educational resources related to the BP oil spill:
- Gulf Oil Spill Educator Resources from Flying Wild (advancing bird conservation - A Program of the Council for Environmental Education)
- Estuarine Education Resource Center - Lesson plans on the physical science of estuaries from NOAA and National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
- How would an oil spill affect a Marine Sanctuary? Lesson plan from the NOAA Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Teacher Curriculum
- Pollution Solution (PDF) - Lesson plans to understand the effects of an oil spill on a marine environment from the Smithsonian Institution's central education website
- How to Talk with Kids About the Gulf Oil Spill from the National Wildlife Federation
Links to other EPA environmental and science information for all ages
- General information and facts about the Gulf Of Mexico
- What is an estuary and why is it important?
- What are coral reefs and why are they important?
- Fish kids - understanding mercury in fish, helping kids identify healthy fish to eat
- Oceans and Coasts for Children, Students, and Teachers
- Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds Information for Kids
- Fun facts, games, and projects for kids and adults about water and our environment
- More resources for teachers and educators
- What other things can you do to help protect the oceans?
- RestoreTheGulf.gov: official federal government site for spill response and recovery
Other federal government information: