Deepwater Horizon incident emergency permit request withdrawn

Published Aug. 6, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS – In response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, one emergency permit that was requested by the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration was withdrawn on August 5, 2010.

The request was to install marsh barriers in Blind and Customhouse Bays in Plaquemines Parish.

Upon receiving the emergency permit request on July 21, the Corps reviewed it and determined that the project as proposed could not be issued under emergency authorization because it has the potential to cause major adverse impacts to the Mississippi River navigation channel. The Corps gave Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration the option of modifying the application or withdrawing it and applying for a standard permit. They chose to withdraw the application.

Of the 55 emergency permit requests the Corps has received thus far, 44 were issued, two were denied, eight were withdrawn by the applicant, and one is pending.

To obtain an NOD-20 emergency work permit, applicants must provide the following information by telephone,

e-mail, or fax:

1. Description of the proposed work and brief statement of the emergency situation

2. Location of the proposed work (a map or latitude and longitude)

3. Name, address, telephone, and e-mail contact information for the applicant

This information can be forwarded to either:

Pete J. Serio, Chief, Regulatory Branch
(504) 862-2255 (Office)
(504) 715-1897 (after business hours)
Martin Mayer, Chief, Central Evaluation Section
(504) 862-2276 (Office)
(504) 256-7659 (after business hours)

While e-mail is preferred, requests may also be faxed to (504) 862-2289 or (504) 862-2574.

Within 30 days of approval, the permittee must provide a restoration plan to restore the impacted site. Should it be in public interest to maintain the authorized work, the permittee must also apply for a Department of the Army permit within 30 days of approval.

To review the full terms and conditions of NOD-20, visit our website at

Release no. 10-032