Oil Spill FOIA Response Rates

Despite a memo issued by President Obama the day after he took office reaffirming the government’s commitment to transparency and encouraging disclosure in the FOIA process, response rates have been disappointingly low. A year after the Gulf oil spill began, only a fraction of Greenpeace’s FOIA requests have received complete responses.

Agency FOIA Description Date Submitted No Response Incomplete Response Complete Response
DHS/Coast Guard Details regarding turtles being killed in controlled oil burns in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Details regarding the 23 endangered and threatened species in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Communication between USCG and oil companies about safety and blowout preventers 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Details about the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port facility 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Communications within and between EPA, USCG and BP concerning dispersant 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Flight records of C-130 aircraft carrying chemical dispersants 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Details about BP employees' and contractors' authority to police public lands 7/30/2010 X
DHS/Coast Guard Correspondence between USCG and the USF regarding oil plumes 8/10/2010 X
DOI/BOEMRE Communications with the Offshore Operators Committee Deep Spills Working Group 7/30/2010  X
DOI/BOEMRE Information about the 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico 7/30/2010  X
DOI/BOEMRE Communications regarding the 23 blowouts in the Gulf since 2006 7/30/2010  X
DOI/BOEMRE Communications of K. Stauffer and J. McCarroll who wrote deepwater enviro assessments 7/30/2010  X
DOI/USFWS Details of mammal spotter flights conducted by the USFWS in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USFWS Any and all chain of custody forms for deceased wildlife in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USFWS Details regarding turtles being killed in controlled oil burns in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USFWS Details about “carcass collection facilities” in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USFWS Communications between the USFWS and BP concerning dead marine life in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USFWS Details from Natural Resource Damage Assessment flights 7/30/2010 X
DOI/USGS Communications by USGS staff member K. Kvenvolden about natural oil seeps 7/30/2010 X
EPA Communications within and between EPA, USCG and BP concerning dispersant 7/30/2010 X
EPA Details of about sub-sea dispersant application and effects on ecosystems 7/30/2010 X
US Air Force Flight records of C-130 aircraft carrying chemical dispersants 8/22/2010 X
DOC/NOAA Details regarding turtles being killed in controlled oil burns in the Gulf region 7/30/2010 X
DOC/NOAA Details regarding the 23 endangered and threatened species in the Gulf region 7/30/2010  X
DOC/NOAA Communications about NOAA missions to search for underwater oil plumes 7/30/2010  X
DOC/NOAA Details behind the Oil Budget Calculator 8/5/2010 X
Governor Barbour Communications between Barbour's office and oil companies between April and August 2010 7/28/2010  X
Governor Jindal Communications between Jindal's office and oil companies between April and August 2010 8/6/2010  X
Gulf State Universities

Requests sent to 17 Universities asking for BP oil spill-related contracts or research

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