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DEP Update On Spill

Current Situation

  • The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at Level 1 or full activation.
  • The State continues to focus on mitigating impacts to Florida’s shoreline.
  • Currently Deepwater Horizon is not discharging any oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • All supplemental Tier 3 boom is being removed in the Northwest Florida counties.
  • State reconnaissance teams operating by air, land and sea continue to identify potential impacts and are actively coordinating with cleanup teams. View the latest reconnaissance reports.
  • Four Florida branch offices are fully operational in Northwest Florida. These branch offices bring together federal, state and local agencies to streamline response efforts.
  • Although sporadic sightings of tar balls may continue, Florida’s shoreline is not expected to receive additional impacts over the next 72 hours.
  • No tropical activity is expected in the next 48 hours.
  • Oil Impact Notices are posted for all Escambia County and Walton County Gulf beaches, as well as designated beaches in Okaloosa County. Signs may remain in place until local authorities determine that beaches are no longer impacted by the oil spill. Learn more.
  • A portion of coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County is closed to the harvest of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp. Learn more.