Oil Spill Response


The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) has developed a locally-based volunteer response team for any oil spill that may impact Galveston Bay and the central Texas coast. This GBF “Bay Area Response Team” is in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

For the Bay Area Response Team, GBF seeks general volunteers to assist certified oil spill responders with low-to-no hazard tasks. Volunteer tasks may include administrative/clerical duties, technical and medical needs, public relations, helping behind the scenes at wildlife rehabilitation centers, pre-impact beach cleanup and post-impact surveillance, etc. By completing the form at the link below, you will be a member of the Bay Area Response Team which may be called upon by the USCG during a spill incident (depending on the type and location of spill). Volunteers will be periodically contacted to participate in events and training events.

Join the Bay Area Response Team! Thank you for your interest in protecting the Galveston Bay area during an oil spill. Click to sign up now! –> Bay Area Response Team Mailing List 

Report an Oil Sighting in Texas

Contact the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Reporting Number at (800)832-8224, or visit their Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program webpage.


Report an Oil Sighting Elsewhere

  • On shores: (866)448-5816
  • On wildlife: (866)557-1401
  • Or to discuss spill-related damage: (800)440-0858