DEP is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along Florida’s shoreline. DEP and state emergency management officials continue to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to ensure that any continuing impacts to Florida’s coastline are removed quickly and efficiently. See
Weekly Updates for the most recent oil impact and clean up information.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 an offshore oil drilling
platform, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico
near Louisiana. The Florida State Emergency Operations
Center activated on
April 30,2010 in response to this event. Florida
experienced the first oil spill impacts on
June 4, 2010. The Deepwater Horizon well was capped on
July 15, 2010. On
August 27, 2010 the State Emergency Operations Center
transitioned to a Level 3 monitoring status, marking the
second longest activation in EOC history at 120 days. On
September 19, 2010 it is officially announced that the
well is dead.