This website contains Geographic Response Plans (GRP) developed to help protect sensitive coastal environments and resources along the Massachusetts coastline in the event of an oil spill into marine waters. 160 GRPs have been developed for the state through a MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup project that involved work team members from federal, state and local agencies and sought community input through outreach meetings. To date, 32 GRPs have been developed for the North Shore Region, 18 for Boston Harbor, 14 for the South Shore Region, 29 for sites in the Cape and Islands, 55 in Buzzards Bay, and 12 for the Mount Hope Bay Region.

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Anytime a community's trailer is used to respond to a spill, contact MassDEP's 24 hr spill line at

In addition to the GRPs, meeting materials, process descriptions and other supporting documents are included on this website.

Massachusetts GRPs are grouped into six regions. Click on the region name below or the "GRP Regions" tab above for region-specific information and to view and download each GRP:



The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has contracted with Nuka Research and Planning Group, an oil spill consulting firm with local offices in Plymouth, to facilitate this ongoing GRP development, testing, and training program.

If you would like to participate in future GRP development, and/or the ongoing exercise, testing, and training program in Massachusetts, please contact Mike Popovich at and we will add you to our membership list for the appropriate GRP region(s).

MassDEP, Boston Office:

Julie Hutcheson

Section Chief

Marine Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program

1 Winter Street

Boston, MA 02108

(617) 556-1191

MassDEP, Northeast Regional Office: 

Kingsley Ndi

Section Chief

Emergency Response

205 Lowell Street

Wilmington, MA 01887

(978) 694-3379

MassDEP, Southeast Regional Office: 

Dan Crafton

Section Chief

Emergency Response

20 Riverside Drive

Lakeville, MA 02347

(508) 946-2721

Nuka Research & Planning Group:

Mike Popovich

10 Samoset St.

Plymouth, MA 02360

(508) 746-1047