Gulf of Mexico
Deep Water Horizon Spill Response
Rapid Response to an Environmental Disaster
Matrix participated in the Rapid Response Environmental Site Support Team (RRESST) program for the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon 252 (MC252) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as working in the Mobile Sector Incident Command Center (ICC) which encompassed the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle as part of the Environmental Unit.
RRESST inspected all areas of the response from Waste Management staging yards, beach cleanup operations, to barges on the barrier islands for compliance of BP’s rigorous BMPs and Federal and State waste compliance rules and regulations. RRESST assisted the contractors with properly managing and the handling of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, bulk storage of petroleum, and maintenance and housekeeping operations.
Matrix oversaw the development of booming strategies and the deployment of boom as per the requirements of the Area Contingency Plan (ACP). The placement of Tier I, II, and III boom was critical in protecting sensitive habitats prior to the landfall of the oil released from the spill. Matrix also assisted the three states in obtaining federal permits required for various activities, participated in public meetings, and assisted the Environmental Unit Leader, or their designee in a multitude of environmental compliance tasks associated with protecting and mitigating the impact of oil on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.