Resources for Background Information

The following links should help you find resources for oil spill management, monitoring, policy and decision making, and response .

THE REPORT REGARDING THE CAUSES OF THE APRIL 20, 2010 MACONDO WELL BLOWOUT-  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement produced September 14, 2011
The Report is 217 pages and has been reduced to 1.6 MB for download.


The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (“GCCF”) is the official way for Individuals and Businesses to file claims for costs and damages incurred as a result of the oil discharges due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident on April 20, 2010 (“the Spill”). The GCCF is administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg (“the Claims Administrator”), who is responsible for all decisions relating to the administration and processing of claims submitted to the GCCF. Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF are acting for and on behalf of BP Exploration & Production Inc. in fulfilling BP’s statutory obligations as a “responsible party” under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.


Provided through the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado

Research & Sponsored Programs

University of New Orleans: PDF doc

11 page Resource Guide provided by Seedco who operates the Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center.

download the PDF file

Hard Won Lessons:  Responding to Women’s Interests & Needs in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.  visit their website:

The GDRA offers these considerations for shaping a national response that respects and builds on women’s past experience.  Much has already been learned in the US about how the lives of women and men, boys and girls are transformed by disasters of all kinds.  The GDRA stands ready to help put this knowledge to use through a list of guidelines found in this PDF.

A Q & A Primer from the New York Times published June 26th.

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, killing 11 and setting off the biggest maritime oil spill in the nation’s history, questions about the potential dimensions of the disaster have only multiplied from week to week. Readers have been asking whether the oil can be contained, how serious the damage will be and what they can do to help. Link to a PDF primer on the spill.

A list of organizations that are working on response to the spill

USGDRA Offering Help

Can we help? The new Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance is a network of experienced community activists, academics and just plain concerned women and men from around the country who want to build on women’s leadership as Gulf communities come to terms with the long-lasting effects of Katrina/Rita and the BP spill.  We’re new—you can see us here on-line: http://www.usgdra/org 

We’ve listed some examples of possible resources below. Please send us your requests (as specifically as possible) and your time frame, and we’ll see what our volunteers can do.  Joselin Landry is coordinating this initiative for GDRA so contact her directly:

  • Help with grant writing to develop or strengthen your capacity to respond
  • Help with information gathering, including helping to collect Stories of Women and Men from the Gulf Coast (pre-paid cameras, video cameras, guides for women interviewing women)
  • Help via field visits or phone conversations to share knowledge gained about women and gender in past oil spills or other kinds of technological disasters
  • Help writing a sustainable recovery plan including asset/resource mapping
  •  Help documenting your recovery experience and seeing that it is shared with other women’s groups
  • Help identifying recovery resources and putting you in touch (but noting that we have no funding)
  • Help guiding you through “lessons learned” by and about women in disasters around the world
  • Help writing press releases about how your women’s group or organization is affected by the spill and is likely to be in future
  • Help creating publicity/awareness materials to let others know of your post-spill work and what your needs are to accomplish that work 
  • Help coordinating with external researchers
  • Help planning and undertaking collaborative research useful to you