Oil and Chemical Spill Incidents

Selected oil and chemical spill incidents responded to by the NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration between 1957 to present

  • Source: NOAA

Overview

The Oil and Chemical Spill Incidents dataset shows the location of selected incidents that have occured from 1957 to present. The dataset shown on Resource Watch includes oil spills, chemical spills, and other incidents in which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) has been active in assisting with the incident response. The dataset includes United States waters and some international locations show as point locations.

OR&R is the federal U.S. government organization with expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris. They are responsible for responding to and providing scientific support to federal on-scene coordinators for these incidents. The dataset is intended to provide public access to the history of incidents that have occured. It can be used to show trends and the long term effects of spills.

Methodology

The Oil and Chemical Spill Incidents dataset was created by using data from reports created by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). These reports are present for all oil, chemical, and other incidents that OR&R provided scientific support for. From each report the name, date, location (longitude/latitude), type of threat, and a brief description were cataloged in the Raw Incident dataset.

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Excerpts of this description page were taken from the source metadata. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the dataset. For access to the full dataset and additional information, click on the “Learn more” button.

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Formal name

Raw Incident Data

Cautions

  • NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) was formed in 1976, so some older records from between 1957 and 1984 come from third party databases.

  • The data set is not comprehensive for all spills and incidents.

Suggested citation

Emergency Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Raw Incident Data.” Retrieved from https://incidentnews.noaa.gov/. Accessed December 1, 2017. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.

Sources

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Geographic coverage

United States waters and some international locations when NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration was involved

Date of content

1985-present

Frequency of updates

Varies

Published language

en

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