BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
For oil observed in Texas waters or shorelines call the Texas General Land Office oil spill reporting line at 800-832-8224. See more resources listed below.
The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters opened as scheduled 30 minutes after sunset July 15. However, TPWD biologists are aware of the spill and its potential impact on fishing in Texas waters, and will work with partner agencies to take action if needed to manage fisheries and safeguard public health.
For the latest information on the spill, here are some suggested websites:
- RestoretheGulf.gov is the official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/
- Deepwater Horizon Response — The Official Site of the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/
- NOAA Office of Response and Restoration http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/
- IncidentNews — NOAA Emergency Response Division http://www.incidentnews.gov/incident/8220
- LA Gulf Response — Louisiana Volunteer Program http://www.crcl.org/coalitionprograms/oilspillrecovery.html
News media information can be obtained from the Joint Information Center at 985-902-5231 or 985-902-5240.
If you are interested in volunteering, or know someone who is, please call the Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line at 866-448-5816.
The public is reminded that tar balls are a hazardous material, which while not dangerous to most people can cause an allergic reaction and should only be retrieved by trained personnel.
TPWD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working in conjunction with the Unified Command of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill addressing the release of rehabilitated wildlife. There have been several recent releases of rehabilitated birds at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport, Texas. The majority of the birds being released are brown pelicans. Continued releases will occur as birds are deemed ready during this phase of the response.