Maryland Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil pollution control: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to

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Oil spill reporting: COMAR

Verbal reports: COMAR 26.10 .01.03(B)

Written reports: COMAR

Removal of spilled oil: COMAR

Underground storage tank (UST) management: COMAR 26.10.08

Reporting, recordkeeping, and access: COMAR 26.10.04

Oil and gas production: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Emergency Response Division

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland has developed its own program for reporting oil spills. The notification requirements are in addition to those that are required under federal law. See the national section OIL SPILLS for additional guidance about the federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. MDE's Emergency Response Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's oil spill program. DNR is responsible for administering the oil spill reporting and response requirements for oil and gas production facilities.

State Requirements



All oil spills onto land or water, including oil spills from vehicles, ships, boats, or vessels of any kind, must be reported to MDE immediately (but not later than 2 hours after detection). MDE requires both verbal and written reports.

Verbal Reports


Verbal reports are the first level of reporting. To report oil spills, call 866-633-4686. This number is available 24 hours a day. These reports must be ...

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