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Oil Spill

Derelict Vessel Turn In (VTIP) Events

The General Land Office offers Free Opportunities to Dispose of Unwanted Vessels

General restrictions:

  • Vessels must be clear of trash and debris.
  • Owners must provide ownership documentation.
  • Vessel titles must be clear.
  • Residents must bring their boats to the turn in site - transportation is NOT provided.
  • Other requirements may apply based on the VTIP site.

As millions of barrels of oil pass through ports, bays and beaches along the Texas Gulf, the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response team stands on call 24/7, ensuring oil stays out of Texas coastal waters.

To Report a Spill - 800-832-8224 // Overseas - 813-248-0586

Working with the petroleum and commercial fishing industries, the U.S. Coast Guard and the general public, Oil Spill Prevention and Response staff support educational opportunities, daily water and shore patrols and firehouse-ready response teams to prevent and immediately address environmental problems – because even the smallest spill can endanger Texas’ precious natural resources.


Both inland and coastal, the General Land Office Oil Spill division promotes boater education efforts and safe fueling practices to keep Gulf waters clean. GLO staff is available to share information about programs such as Scupper Plug and to show even small, chronic spills can be as harmful as a single, large one.


GLO personnel partner with ports, industrial plants, petroleum refineries and commercial fishermen to stop spills before they happen.  Oil spill teams work daily with deep draft cargo vessels, pipeline and shore-based oil handling facilities to conduct audits and inspections and ensure all have plans for safe transfer of oil and spill responses. The GLO also drives efforts to remove derelict vessels and structures and eliminate these potential pollution causes.


When disaster strikes, GLO response teams go into action, working to contain spills and protect coastal resources. With a large array of pre-staged equipment, as well as certified cleanup contractors, GLO responders are immediately on site to assist with cleanup efforts and mitigate impact. The Texas Oil Spill Planning and Response TOOLKIT is the most comprehensive oil spill preparedness and response tool available, providing ready access to contingency plans and environmental data, including TABS, the GLO real-time offshore spill tracking system that provides instant data to monitor spills and establish trajectories.