Governing Law and Regulations
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
| To Report a Spill:DEQ Hotline (24 hours)225-342-1234DEQ-SPOC office line225-219-3640Louisiana State Police225-925-6595 |
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Louisiana's oil spill rules generally follow the federal standards. Any unauthorized spills of one barrel (42 gallons) of oil or more must be reported to DEQ. Notification to DEQ must be made within 24 hours unless the situation is deemed an emergency, in which case the Louisiana State Police must be notified within 1 hour of the spill. An emergency situation is defined as any condition that could reasonably be expected to endanger the health and safety of the public or cause significant adverse impact to the environment.
The notice to DEQ of the spill must be followed up within 7 days with a written report detailing the incident. See the national section OIL SPILLS and the state sections RELEASE NOTIFICATION and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN