Oil Spill Response and Services

 To report an oil spill, contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research has been responding to wildlife involved in oil spills since 1976. Tri-State has a trained, dedicated staff on call 24-hours-a-day to respond to wildlife contaminated by oil spills anywhere in the world. Tri-State is one of only a handful of organizations in the country that can professionally manage a response to a major spill. Rehabilitation of oiled wildlife is a complex, crisis-oriented endeavor. Tri-State takes a teamwork approach to oil spill training and response, stressing the need for regulatory agencies, responsible parties, state and federal wildlife professionals, colleagues in wildlife care, and concerned citizens to work together both in preparations for and response to oil spills.

Oil Spill Response Services Notification
Tri-State is brought into an oil spill at the request of the responsible party or clean-up contractor, Coast Guard, or federal or provincial wildlife and environmental agencies. Tri-State will communicate with all the above-named parties to discuss and coordinate their role in the response.

Two to five key members of the Wildlife Response Team will arrive as soon as possible following notification to work with the contractor and federal and state agencies to help determine priorities for wildlife response. Additional services will be provided as needed, including:

Wildlife Protection/Retrieval
The Response Team will work with personnel (state, federal, or contractor) to discuss methods of preventing contamination of wildlife at risk, safety hazard, hazing, baiting, retrieval equipment and methods for handling wildlife.

Facility Set-up
The Response Team will work with the contractor to identify a facility. The options will be to utilize Tri-State’s mid-Atlantic Wildlife Center facility or to set up and equip an on-scene rehabilitation facility (this will take 24 to 48 hours).

The Response Team will train volunteers and client or agency personnel to work in an oil spill situation. The Team will advise all the people of extent of hazards, provide safety training and require signatures on informed consent of release forms.

Rehabilitation / Facility Management
Tri-State will provide an OSHA-trained staff with supervisory and oil spill experience, including wildlife rehabilitators, wildlife veterinarians, and support staff, to manage the wildlife response. The Tri-State team will establish operations control / logistics, medical husbandry and cleaning areas within the facility. The team will supervise staff and volunteers and will provide medical and rehabilitative care for the oiled wildlife retrieved and delivered to the facility. The team will prepare reports for federal and state agencies and for the responsible party and will maintain a chain of custody as required.

For more information about response capabilities, contingency planning, or ongoing and planned research, call (302) 737-9543.

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