LOUISIANA OIL SPILL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LOSMS)
Oil Spill Response & NRDA case management for Louisiana
When oil spills injure natural resources such as waterways, vegetation, or wildlife, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) and its trustee partners seek compensation for the public from the Responsible Party. The Louisiana Oil Spill Management System (LOSMS) operationalizes portions of the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office activities associated with Spill Response, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and Restoration for past, present, and future oil spills. The LOSMS management portal allows Louisiana State Trustees the ability to manage tracking information, activities, milestones, documents, injury, and negotiations associated with Spill Response, NRDA, and Restoration. The LOSMS management portal also provides the ability to build administrative records and publish various data elements to the public portal. The LOSMS public portal (https://data.losco.org/) facilitates the ability to search and view publicly available Spill Response, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and Restoration data.
On the public LOSMS portal at https://data.losco.org/, users can search and view using GIS for spill response, NRDA cases, and NRDA Restoration Projects in Louisiana. Users can also search and view the legal administrative records for NRDA cases and NRDA Restoration Projects. These case records include various legal documents as well as photos of injured natural resources and or the restoration effort for the injury. Public users can view money allocated and used in restoration efforts resulting from an NRDA case. The public can search the environmental data gateway to find and access tabular and geospatial data sets, web-based applications, and websites related to oil spill response and natural resource/environmental management for the state of Louisiana.
In 2010, during the emergency of the BP Oil Spill, TEI provided data management services to the State Trustees. During that project, TEI developed a data warehouse, work plan tracking system, lab result tracking system and other analysis services specific to the BP Oil Spill. Once the BP Oil Spill case settled, TEI worked with LOSCO to build the LOSMS system that would track data for oil spill response and NRDA efforts for all cases in Louisiana. By that time, TEI had worked side by side with LOSCO and the state trustees for more than 5 years and knew what was needed for a successful oil spill response and NRDA tracking system.
TEI has been supporting and adding new components into the LOSMS system since 2016 based on the needs of the Louisiana Trustees.
Secure Access for all Stakeholders
LOSMS administrators have the ability to define user permissions of view, add, edit, or delete for each LOSMS component. LOSMS management users consists of the louisiana state trustees as well as the Federal trustees from the following agencies:
- Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO)
- Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ)
- Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR)
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)
- Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA)
- U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC)/National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- U.S. Department of the Interior (USDOI)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE)
- U.S. Department of Defense (USDOD)