The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response

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The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and the resulting oil spill began a cascade of effects on the coastal areas of the Gulf and on the wealth of species that inhabit those areas. This report addresses the importance of wetlands in general, the ecology of the coastal wetlands in the Gulf, impacts of oil spills on wetland habitats, response options, the implications of hurricane season for the spill's impacts, and cleanup and recovery issues. The emphasis is on the
nearshore environment, although a few species found in deeper waters will be mentioned. In addition, some lessons from past spills such as the Exxon Valdez in Alaska will be discussed, along with issues that may arise as response and recovery transition to restoration of the Gulf.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: October 15, 2010
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Collection(s):
Congressional Research Service Reports
Environmental Policy Collection
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Creator (Author):
Corn, M. Lynne

Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

Creator (Author):
Copeland, Claudia

Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date(s):
  • Creation: October 15, 2010
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United States
Description:

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and the resulting oil spill began a cascade of effects on the coastal areas of the Gulf and on the wealth of species that inhabit those areas. This report addresses the importance of wetlands in general, the ecology of the coastal wetlands in the Gulf, impacts of oil spills on wetland habitats, response options, the implications of hurricane season for the spill's impacts, and cleanup and recovery issues. The emphasis is on the
nearshore environment, although a few species found in deeper waters will be mentioned. In addition, some lessons from past spills such as the Exxon Valdez in Alaska will be discussed, along with issues that may arise as response and recovery transition to restoration of the Gulf.

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27 pages.

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Keyword(s): Gulf of Mexico
Partner:
UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Collection:
Congressional Research Service Reports
Collection:
Environmental Policy Collection
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Resource Type: Report
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