Governing Law and Regulations
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.
REPORTING A SPILL
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 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 ...