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Oil Spill Online Resources

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 2, 2010

In effort to provide information to all Americans about oil spills and the ongoing response, here's a list of websites that might be useful: - We're working to add functionality to this website so we can provide as much up-to-date information as possible. Today, the homepage contains links to safety and response information as well as to this blog. - For information about API's offshore safety and environmental standards, frequently-asked questions on the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and related materials, use the horizontal navigation window and highlight "Safety Response." - This site is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard and other parties who are responding to the oil spill. Updates, photographs, diagrams and videos are added regularly. - BP posts news releases about the clean-up efforts above water as well as updates on the efforts to stop the oil below the surface. - This site contains information about the impact of the spill on the environment. - This API-sponsored website provides basic information about oil spill prevention and response. You can find a simple diagram and animation of a blowout preventer here.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.