Corps launches new Deepwater Horizon incident emergency permit website

Published July 16, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS – In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information regarding Deepwater Horizon emergency permits, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District launched a new website today.

The website, which is updated daily, provides all data pertaining to emergency permit requests, including a PDF-copy of all related documents as well as information regarding permit modifications and status.

Of the 45 emergency permit requests the Corps has received thus far, 36 have been issued, two have been denied, five have been withdrawn, and two are pending. Yesterday the Corps issued its most recent emergency permit request to BP America Production Co., for the installation of HESCO baskets along Fourchon Beach from Breach No. 4 to Bayou Thunder in Lafourche Parish.

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. 10-051