Oil Spill Response
No Closures have occurred in the park in response to the oil spill.
All regularly scheduled park activities and procedures are still in effect. This includes recreational fishing, swimming, beach combing and kayak tours.
Projections still show the oil plume northwest of the park off the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi as of Tuesday. Park staff have now completed a baseline condition assessment plan. A cultural resources assessment was completed on Sunday, and natural resource assessments are anticipated to be completed today. These assessments are intended to document the existing conditions in the park through the collection of physical and biological samples along pre-determined transects along the park's shorelines and ecological communities. These assessments will be conducted by National Park Service scientists in collaboration with park management. Park management continues to work with emergency response teams and national and state incident command teams to respond immediately to any oil spill related emergencies.
On April 20, 2010 an oil rig Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. 126 people were on board, 11 people are still missing and presumed dead.
By April 25 it was determined that oil was leaking from the well and the National Parks along the Gulf began to prepare for the potential of oil contamination.
The National Park Service is focused on minimizing the impact of the land-bound oil on park resources to the greatest extent possible. Park Operations are working closely with the unified response to the oil spill to this end. Booms have been placed near sensitive island areas.
Safety will be of utmost importance as the oil moves ashore. The public will be advised of what measures will be needed as they arise.
How you can help:
This park is working in concert with other government and local partners, and is drawing extensively on resources from throughout the National Park System to provide a complete response to this incident. Thank you for caring and park staff will do their best to keep you informed.
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