Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill

Oil Spill Barrier

Archaeological monitoring of Hesco barrier installation in Orange Beach, AL.

Justin Stickler worked on the MC252 Oil Spill Response from 2010 - 2014 as Alabama SHPO Liaison. As a member of the Section 106 review team for the MC252 Response and as part of the Emergency Response Incident Command System (ICS) structure, Stickler worked extensively with numerous individuals within Environmental, Planning, and Operations sections of the ICS and many Response projects throughout the affected coastlines of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Large Scale BP Oil Spill Clean-up

Deep-cleaning amenity beaches in Alabama using a Powerscreen.

Monitering BP Oil Spill Clean-up on Gulf Coast

Submerged oil removal near Fort Morgan.

Stickler participated in cooperative activity and regular discussions and decision-making with other state SHPO Liaisons, tribal representatives, NPS land managers, archaeologists, and biologists, U.S. Fish & Wildlife personnel as well as State agency (FL DEP, ADEM, NRCS), Federal agency (USCG, NOAA) personnel, and BP personnel or BP contractors.

Ship Wreck Rachel

A 20th-century shipwreck, Rachel, which has been successfully avoided during cleanup operations. Photograph taken after Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

One of the primary functions of the AL SHPO Liaison position involved expedited review, on behalf of the AL SHPO, of documents that detail oil location and the means in which Operations personnel intend to recover product. The documents are typically in the form of Shoreline Treatment Recommendations (STRs) and other work plans that are reviewed by the SHPO Liaison and Tribal representative(s), based on federal agency recommendations. Recommendations are made by the federal agency regarding the potential of the undertaking to have an adverse effect on cultural resources. Additional tasks included field visits and monitoring missions to known shipwrecks or other archaeological sites as well as coordination with archaeological and tribal monitors.

Monitering and Training Oil Spill Clean-up

Archaeological monitoring and screening of auger testing for oil identification.

Over the course of the Response, Stickler presented material during cultural resources training sessions to a variety of Response personnel, including Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT), Resources Advisors (READs), Operations crewmembers and foremen, State and Federal agency personnel, and various other individuals in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. During his tenure working on the MC252 Oil Spill, Stickler had the opportunity to be extensively involved in project reviews and site visits and to work with professionals throughout the Gulf Coast to ensure proper management of collective cultural resources.