Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill

RigFire On April 20, 2010 an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform, about 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi River delta. Oil from the platform flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. CSERT Safety's personnel were among the first to respond and were deployed over 400 miles of shoreline and in off-shore activities from Carabelle, Florida to St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.

At the height of the response, CSERT Safety's safety officers managed safety for beach cleanup activities, on-water safety, near shore decontamination activities, and safety on 30 National Response Corporation (NRC) vessels skimming oil in deep water areas. CSERT Safety also worked with NRC at the Amelia Decon site in St. Mary Parish where large vessel decontamination activities including confined space entry work was conducted.

DeconCSERT Safety's Marine Safety Division directed five safety boats to cover affected shorelines and conducted routine inspections on vessels and barges committed to the response. In addition, CSERT Safety's safety officers supported NRC's performance of near shore decontamination activities, deepwater vessel skimming, and decontamination operations. During the response CSERT Safety worked several special assignments one of which resulted in successfully abating hydrogen sulfide exposure associated with oil loading and gauging of vessel cargo holds.