At approximately 10 pm on April 20th, a devastating explosion occurred on the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig, claiming the lives of eleven men.
Charged with protecting America's natural and cultural resources, the Department of the Interior and its Bureaus have been working to support the Administration's response efforts since the tragedy first occurred by:
In addition, Secretary Salazar has directed each of Interior's Bureaus to support the Administration's ongoing response efforts. Thus far, Interior has deployed 214 personnel to the Gulf, including:
Read response information on DOI.gov at http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon.
View the White House Deepwater Horizon timeline at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/05/ongoing-administration-wide-response-deepwater-bp-oil-spill.
DOI Gulf Coast Assets
The Gulf Coast is home to one of the most ecologically complex regions in the country and site of a number of National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and National Seashores protected by Interior on behalf of the American people. Many of these treasured landscapes and wildlife areas are within the possible trajectory of the spill, including: