This website contains Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) developed to help protect sensitive coastal environments and resources along the Massachusetts coastline in the event of an oil spill into marine waters. 160 GRS have been developed for the state through a MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup project that included participation from multiple federal, state, and local agencies and 70 coastal communities. To date, 32 GRS 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.
2023 marks 15 YEARS
Anytime a community's trailer is used to respond to a spill, contact MassDEP's 24 hr spill line at
In addition to the GRS, meeting materials, process descriptions and other supporting documents are included on this website.
Massachusetts GRS are grouped into six regions. Click on the region name below or the "GRS Regions" tab above for region-specific information and to view and download each GRS:
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has contracted with Nuka Research, an oil spill consulting firm with local offices in Plymouth, to facilitate this ongoing GRS development, testing, and training program.
MassDEP, Boston Office:
Marine Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program
100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
MassDEP, Northeast Regional Office:
150 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
MassDEP, Southeast Regional Office:
20 Riverside Drive
Lakeville, MA 02347
If you would like to participate in future GRS development, and/or the ongoing exercise, testing, and training program in Massachusetts, please contact Sam Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Popovich at email@example.com and we will add you to our membership list for the appropriate GRS region(s).