Volunteer Opportunities for Oil Spill Cleanup

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast. When the rig collapsed two days later, severe damage was done to the oil pipeline. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil have been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico every day since then.

Environmentalists have stated that this oil spill is the ecological worst disaster in US History, and the harmful environmental and economic effects are already becoming apparent. Heartbreaking videos and photos are now available showing the effects of oil washing up on the coasts and marshes of Louisiana and neighboring states, covering plants and animals alike.

To help clean the affected areas and wildlife, and to prevent further destruction, volunteer groups have mobilized to do all they can to help counter the effects of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

How You Can Help

There are many ways that individuals can help fight the effects of the Gulf Coast oil spill. Some of the opportunities available include:

  • Reporting: Many organizations, including the Deepwater Horizon Response Team, are asking residents and volunteers to report any oil that can be seen in the water from the coast or any oil that has been found on shore. Additionally, they ask that individuals not attempt to capture oiled animals, but rather, report their location as quickly as possible by calling 866-557-1401.
  • Cleaning up debris: It is easier to clean oil from beaches that are free of litter and debris. As such, authorities are asking people to walk beaches that have not yet been affected by the oil spill and remove any and all litter and debris from the coast.
  • Donations: Many organizations, such as the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, are accepting donations to help prepare for the cleaning and care of oiled animals.
  • Oil clean up: Multiple organizations are accepting volunteer applications from people who want to help clean shorelines and oiled animals. Organizations accepting volunteer applications include The Alabama Coastal Foundation, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, and the National Audubon Society.

Additionally, many city and state governments are collecting specific information regarding volunteer opportunities for their respective locations.

Contact Us

While considerable damage has already been seen from this tragedy, the consequences of the BP oil spill are likely to only worsen in the months to come. If you have been affected financially or medically because of this catastrophe, you may be able to secure compensation for your losses. For more information, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart today by calling 800-821-1544.

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