Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore drilling rig. The rig was built in 2001 in South Korea, is owned by Transocean and was leased to BP plc until September 2013. In September of 2009 the Deepwater Horizon drilled the deepest oil well in history (35,050 feet) off the Louisiana’s coast. (src: Wikipedia.com)
On April 20, 2010 an unexpected explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon that left 11 crewmen dead, and a pipe called a “riser” which is gushing out approximately 500,000 to 4,200,000 US gallons; 1,900,000 to 16,000,000 litres of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. At this time, the oil spill is estimated to have spread over 600 square miles and is considered the biggest spill in United States history.
Is there anything that you can do? Absolutely, there is always something we can do to help assist in such a tragedy. Take a look below at the many different options you have in helping out in this devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is seeking donations in any amount to help with emergency grants to help provide non-profit organizations the funds to help victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To donate go to their website located HERE. You can also send in donations to The Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St.Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans, LA, 70130. If you have any questions regarding donations or ideas on how you can help, contact Josephine Everly at 504-598-4663 or Josephine@GNOF.org.
The Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana is seeking donations as well as volunteers to help with the BP oil spill that is threatening the coast. Some of their organizations include the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy- which are established, active advocates for the preservation and restoration of coastal Louisiana. If you would like to volunteer, “Register to Volunteer” or “Make a Donation”. If you have any other questions, please contact The Coalition to Restore Louisiana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Park Foundations Discovery Recovery Fund is seeking donations, as well as volunteers to help in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. If you would like to donate, there are two ways you can do so. The first is by texting PARKS to 90999 by July 1st. All money collected will go directly to the oil spill recovery fund. The second way is by going to Oil Disaster Recovery, you can donate anywhere from $10.00 to $500.00. If you would like to volunteer your service, please contact them at 866-448-5816.
Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers and donations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To volunteer please go to “Volunteers Needed”, call 504-310-6978 or email them at Volunteer@archdocese-no.org. You can also help by donating any amount by going to “Donate Now” or by sending your donations to Catholics Charities Archdoicese of New Orleans, 1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA, 70113. If you have any questions regarding your donation, please call Development Department at 504-592-5685, 504-592-5694 or 504-592-5687.
If you do not see something that peeks your interest, please visit one or all the links below. Each one is looking for either volunteers or donations, or both. Please do not just sit around wishing you can do something, pick up the phone and do something. Maybe one person cannot help, but a lot of people can!
Mobile Bay Natural Estuary Program
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Volunteer Program
Oil spill volunteer registration
Training and volunteer opportunities
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Coast Clean-Up Volunteers
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research
Training Marine Oil Response Workers
To keep up to date on what is going on and the efforts to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, please visit The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill website daily.