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Response to Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response

Location: LA, MS, AL and FL

Client: RM Development for BP

EMR responded to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill just nine days after the offshore drilling platform exploded, releasing thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day. EMR mobilized approximately 350 people to the Gulf Coast, engaged as health and safety leads or observers and environmental scientists/field samplers. Our health and safety staff members were imbedded with other contractors performing a wide range of cleanup tasks, including beach cleaning, marsh cleaning, boom deployment, oil skimming, boat cleaning and decontamination, and related construction and repair activities. EMR’s sampling team performed sampling and analysis of soils, sediments, surface water, and air quality to monitor changing conditions for wildlife, local residents, and oil spill workers.


EMR also acquired and oversaw the deployment and maintenance of 40,000 linear feet of containment boom. It was discovered that during night operations, ships could not see the containment boom and would run over and damage the booms. EMR designed, obtained US Coast Guard approval, built, and deployed a custom boom lighting system that could be seen from one mile, alerting ship to boom locations.

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