US Oil Spill Preparedness, Prevention and Response

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BSEE

National Offshore Training and Learning Center

OHMSETT National Oil Spill Response and Renewable Energy Test Facility

Technology Assessment and Research

Oil Spill Response Research


Letter of Agreement between the Minerals Management Service Alaska OCS Region and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Regarding Pollution Prevention and Response Preparedness for Oil & Gas Facilities on Alaska Submerged Lands 

2010 - Chukchi Sea, Regional Exploration, Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

2010 - Beaufort Sea, Regional Exploration, Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

2010 - Endicott and Badami Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

2010 - Greater Prudhoe Bay Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

2010 - Northstar Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

Environmental Sensitivity Index Shoreline Classification of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea MMS 2003-006 or

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) at

The Bureau's Oil Spill Program

oversees oil discharge planning, preparedness, and select response activities for facilities located seaward of the coastline in navigable U.S. waters and territorial seas.

Oil Spill Modeling Program

assesses oil-spill risks associated with energy activities off the U.S. continental coast and Alaska, calculating spill trajectories and contact probabilities.

Safety Information 

overview of offshore safety efforts.

Fixed Platform Self-Inspection Program 

oversight program in which the Bureau's conducts workplace safety and health type inspections on fixed platforms on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide oversight for the USCG’s Fixed Platform Self-Inspection Program.

Development of Hazardous Substances Response Planning Criteria within Area Contingency Plans, COMDTNOTE 16471 

United States. Department of Transportation. Coast Guard. [draft undated memorandum]. Washington, DC.

Appendix to the National Contingency Plan [pocket edition]

United States Department of Transportation, Coast Guard. Office of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection.. Washington, DC, 1995.

Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan Application and Review Guidelines 

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Spill Prevention and Response Division, Juneau: Department of Environmental Conservation, 1994.

The Alaska Federal/State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil & Hazardous Substance Discharge/Releases (Unified Plan – Volume I) 

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Spill Prevention and Response; United States Coast Guard, Seventeenth Coast Guard District; and United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region X, Alaska Operations Office, Ft. Richardson, AK: Department of Environmental Conservation, May, 1994.  or

Oil and Other Hazardous Substances Pollution Control

Title 18 Alaska Administrative Code 75 75.005--75.990.Amended October 28, 2000.

Oil and Hazardous Substances Spill Contingency Plan [draft]

United States, Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 7-Alaska, Anchorage, AK, July 1996.

Environmental Sensitivity Index Guidelines.

United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA 92. Jacqueline Michel, Joanne Halls, Scott Zengel and Jeffrey A. Dahlin. Seattle, WA, 1995.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Office of Response and Restoration 

NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological function.

Emergency Response

Pollutants in the Environment

Natural Resource Restoration


Software & Data Sets

Information for:

Emergency Responders
Research Institutions
Other Agencies
Interested Public

Incident / News:

News, photos, and other information about current and historical spill incidents

ERMA Web Portal

The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) is an online mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data, such as Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps, ship locations, weather, and ocean currents, in a centralized, easy-to-use format for environmental responders and decision-makers.

Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) 

is focused on developing new approaches to spill response and restoration in marine and estuarine environments through research and synthesis of information.

Arctic Response Issues 
Joint Industry Program
Opening Arctic Seas

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

Incident Management and Preparedness

Contingency Exercises

Contingency Planning

Continuity of Operation / Government (COOP/COG)

Links/FAQ's/General Information


News and Events


Canada-United States Joint Marine Contingency Plan 

Annex Four CANUSNORTH covers the Beaufort Sea waters of each party between the State of Alaska and the Yukon Territory seaward to the limit of fishery management and natural resource exploitation of the continental shelf.

Alaska Area Regional Response Team

Subarea Sensitivity  Maps for Response

Tech Manual

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Division of Spill Prevention and Response

Prevention SPAR ensures spill prevention through the review and approval of prevention plans for oil terminals, pipelines, tank vessels and barges, railroads, refineries, and exploration and production facilities; the underground storage tank spill prevention program; technical assistance to industry and the public; risk reduction measures; inspections; and education in proper spill prevention and response methods.

Oil Spill Prevention Plans

Chemical Spill Prevention

Spill Prevention Inspections

Best Available Technology Reviews

Spill Prevention Education and Technical Assistance

Preparedness  SPAR ensures response preparedness through the review and approval of oil discharge contingency plans; inspections; spill drills and exercises; partnerships with local communities and other state and federal agencies; pre-positioning of response equipment for local use; maintenance of statewide and regional spill response plans; and implementation of the Incident Command System for spill response.

Oil Spill Response Plans

The Alaska Incident Management System (AIMS)

Drills and Exercises

Response Contractor Registration

Spill Response Depots and Corps

Financial Preparedness

Response SPAR ensures an effective response through the identification and rapid abatement of dangerous acute human exposures to hazardous substances; timely characterization and remediation of chronic health exposure risks from hazardous substance releases; mitigation of the effects of spills on the environment and cultural resources; and restoration of property value and usability through adequate cleanup.

Emergency Response

Contaminated Site Cleanup

Financial Assistance Program

Streamlined Cleanup Program

Area-wide and Risk-Based Assessments