Oil spill cleanup efforts are underway in the Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast, with federal agencies announcing plans to deploy teams of workers to oil spills in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, and Washington.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday it would deploy its two “oil spill response teams” to Louisiana and Mississippi in a joint effort with Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality.
It said the crews would be tasked with responding to oil slicks and debris, as well as to monitoring and assessing oil spills.
The Coast Guard said its teams will be deployed in four states: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
The announcement came on the heels of the discovery of more than 1 million gallons of crude oil in a Gulf of Texas oil field, where an employee had accidentally spilled more than 100,000 gallons of oil.
The spill was discovered last week, and the Coast Guard ordered a federal investigation.
The company that owns the field, BP Plc, had not yet responded to a request for comment about the oil spill.
On Thursday, the Coast Command announced a second oil spill response team would be deployed to a Gulf Coast oil field in Texas, where a worker inadvertently spilled about 8.5 million gallons (16.2 million liters) of oil in the same field.
The crew was on a routine visit to the site to remove an oil spill control line when it spilled the oil, said Coast Guard Capt. Steve McManus.
The U.A.E. has been working to recover the oil from the field since December.
The Coast Guard and BP Plco had not responded to requests for comment, nor had the Department of the Interior or the Environmental Protection Agency.
On Thursday night, BP announced that it had sent a team of 30 workers to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Meanwhile, on the West coast, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said it will begin monitoring the impact of the oil and gas industry on the environment.
BSEE spokesman John Wiegand said that the agency will begin a pilot program in which BP Pls will clean up oil spills on private property, and will provide environmental remediation and safety testing.
“The BSEE is committed to protecting the environment and ensuring that the safety and well-being of the public are protected,” he said in a statement.