Looking for more information on the gulf oil spill? Want to go deeper than the national news? Want to volunteer? Want to know who to call?
Tech2Energy has compiled a list of useful resources to help you get the information you need. There’s a lot of great work being done by people, companies, agencies, and non-profits all along the Gulf Coast. We hope this information gets you to them quickly.
(In the photo an underwater sub tries to close the Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventor, but doesn’t succeed. Photo Courtesy US Coast Guard. )
Interactive / Visual Tracking
Federal Government Resources
- Environmental Response Management Application
- Deepwater Horizon Response Website
- Official federal website about the oil spill. Hotlines, media requests, claims info, photos, social media, etc. for the following agencies: Coast Guard; Homeland Security; NOAA; and Department of the Interior. As well as: BP and Transocean ** Don’t bother looking at the Coast Guard’s website for more info. It points here. So does much of the Dept. of the Interior.
- Twitter: Oil_Spill_2010
- Environmental Protection Agency Oil Spill Information Page, including information on air quality sampling.
- Minerals Management Service (US Department of Interior)
- NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration
Louisiana State Resources
- Official site for the state of Louisianna
- The state legislature created the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) in 1991. LOSCO was made part of the Governor’s Office so that it could serve as the single point of contact for all programs related to oil spills in Louisiana. Our mission is to respond to oil spill events, restore natural resources, protect economic infrastructure, and safeguard public health. LOSCO is funded by a two-cent per barrel tax on all oil transported to or from vessels at Louisiana marine terminals
Texas State Resources
- Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Info The GLO owns the land under water out from the coast.
Mississippi State Resources
- Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
- State Emergency Joint Information Center
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality:The Environmental Protection Agency has initiated an air monitoring effort to ensure the safety of local residents and track any developing air quality changes. To see the latest data, visit www.airnow.gov. EPA is sampling the air, water and sediment to assess the impact of the oil spill on the affected ecosystems. Samples can take time to process, usually about 3-4 days. Sampling data will provide specific information about the pollutants and will be used to help guide the response and cleanup EPA is working with local, state and federal response partners. To suggest technology solutions, visit www.epa.gov/bpspill/techsolution.html
Alabama State Resources
Local News Outlets
- Nola.com oil spill latest news They were ground zero at Katrina, now they’re covering the oil spill
- Houston Chronicle oil spill latest news Houston’s the capitol of the oil industry. Reporter Tom Fowler is in the thick of it.
- Pensacola News oil spill updates
National News Outlets
- PBS News Hour’s oil numbers. Oil spill info at a glance.
- NPR’s page on the companies involved.
- CNN’s list of Energy Technology stories.
Bloggers, Social Media, Activists, etc.
- Greenpeace’s Oil Spill page.
- The Oil Drum. Website dedicated to energy. They’ve published a special overview of the oil spill for readers new to the Oil Drum.
- Evri oil spill web aggregation page.
- Reddit’s oil spill web aggregation page.
- State of Louisiana Volunteer Opportunities
- Surfrider Foundation Volunteer Toolkit – Practical advice on volunteering, but understand that it takes training.
- Innocentive Solution Challenge – Innocentive.com brings inventors & problem solvers together with people who need solutions…no matter who those inventors are, where they live, or what they’ve done in the past. Now, they’re soliciting solutions to the oil spill.
- USA Today Volunteer Opportunities
- Huffington Post Get Involved Opportunites
- Deepwater Horizon Response: Volunteer Information
- Mississippi Board of Animal Health: MBAH is currently asking veterinarians or a veterinary technicians who are interested in assisting with the oil spill to contact Dr. Carla Huston at Huston@cvm.msstate.edu or Dr. Brigid Elchos at Brigid@mdac.state.ms.us. in the event there is animals are affected.
- Florida volunteer information. You can sign up here and through the BP number both.
- Louisiana state volunteer information. Sign up to volunteer and receive updates.
- CNN lists volunteer opportunities, many from conversation groups.
Who to Follow on Twitter:
- Twitter lists
- Louisiana Bucket Brigade
- Google Earth Layer – KMZ File – from Louisanna’s Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
This list was compiled by Garry Golden and Joel Greenberg. Want to add something to the list? Add a comment and we’ll incorporate them into the main list.