Oil Spill Commission Staff Working Papers


Staff working papers were prepared  by the staff of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to provide additional information for the Commission members and the public. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or any of its members. In addition, they may be based in part on confidential interviews with government and non-government personnel.


A Brief History of Offshore Oil Drilling 8/23/2010

The History of Offshore Oil and Gas in the United States (long version) 1/11/2011

Decision-Making Within the Unified Command 1/11/2011

The Amount and Fate of the Oil 1/11/2011

The Use of Surface and Subsea Dispersants During the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 1/11/2011

The Challenges of Oil Spill Response in the Arctic 1/11/2011

Stopping the Spill: The Five-Month Effort to Kill the Macondo Well 1/11/2011

Response/Clean-Up Technology Research & Development and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 1/11/2011

The Story of the Louisiana Berms Project 1/11/2011

Industry’s Role in Supporting Health, Safety, and Environmental Standards: Options and Models for the Offshore Oil and Gas Sector 1/12/2011

Liability and Compensation Requirements under the Oil Pollution Act 1/11/2011

Scientific Research to Support Oil and Gas Decision Making: Evolution of the Department of the Interior’s Environmental Studies Program 2/24/2011

The National Environmental Policy Act and Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Activities 2/8/2011

Offshore Drilling in the Arctic: Background and Issues for the Future Consideration of Oil and Gas Activities 2/7/2011

Unlawful Discharges of Oil: Legal Authorities for Civil and Criminal Enforcement and Damage Recovery 2/24/2011

Long-Term Regional Restoration in the Gulf: Funding Sources and Governance Structures 2/24/2011

Rebuilding an Appetite for Gulf Seafood after Deepwater Horizon 2/7/2011

Natural Resource Damage Assessment: Evolution, Current Practice, and Preliminary Findings Related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 2/7/2011

Continuous Improvement Is Essential: Leveraging Global Data and Consistent Standards for Safe Offshore Operations 1/11/2011

A Competent and Nimble Regulator: A New Approach to Risk Assessment and Management 2/8/2011

Federal Environmental Review of Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico: Environmental Consultations, Permits, and Authorizations 1/12/2011