BP Oil Spill FOIA collection

In July 2010, Greenpeace began submitting a series of 50 requests to federal agencies, state offices and public universities, seeking information on what was happening behind the scenes of the Gulf oil spill. Greenpeace sought answers to some of the most pressing questions about the fate of the oil, its impacts on vulnerable Gulf ecosystems, and the government’s overall handling of the disaster

So far, only a fraction of these requests have been answered, yet the responses already amount to approximately 30,000 pages of previously unseen emails, draft reports and recorded conversations. They are archived here so that members of the public can perform their own research and flag any documents that show evidence of misconduct. More documents will be added to this database as they are received. 

These documents were requested in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and state-based public record disclosure laws. Submit your own request or browse the collection below.

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  • Coastal Areas (3)
    FOIA documents from Governor Jindal's office, NOAA, and EPA that related to the oils impact on coastal areas.
  • Drilling Safety (2)
    FOIA documents from the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Transportation that discuss drilling safety.
  • Embassy Communications (5)
    Communications between the UK FCO and the UK embassy in Washington about BP .
  • FOIA and State Public Request Letters (46)
    Copies of public records request letters sent to Gulf state universities requesting correspondence about the oil spill.
  • Oil Fingerprint (4)
    Data characterizing oil from the Macondo well
  • Public Impacts (7)
    Documents received from Government Jindal's office and Auburn University discussing some of the oil spill's impacts on local people.
  • Research Funding and Contracts (53)
    Documents received from state universities describing research funding and projects in the Gulf region following the oil spill.
  • Water (35)
    Internal communications from EPA, NOAA, Coast Guard and other agencies describing impacts in the Gulf following the oil spill, including dispersant usage, underwater oil plumes, and research projects.
  • Wildlife (17)
    Internal communications from NOAA and the Coast Guard regarding the oil spill impacts on wildlife, including turtles and endangered marine species.