Roger Laferriere, Commander
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, USCG
San Pedro, CA
As incident commander in Houma, LA following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Coast Guard Captain Roger Laferriere oversaw on-water recovery and cleanup operations from the source of the spill to the shorelines of Louisiana.
Recognizing the unique challenges posed by the unprecedented size of the spill, Captain Laferriere assigned Coast Guard officers to branches and forward operating bases to execute response operations and coordinate efforts with state and local responders.
By applying search and rescue methods to the detection of oil, Captain LaFerriere also reduced the cycle time between detection of oil and the application of resources, enhancing response efforts.
Currently, as Commander of the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach port, Captain LaFerriere leads the Coast Guard’s security, safety and environmental protection activities from Morro Bay South to Newport Beach, California. For more than 220 years, the Coast Guard has safeguarded America’s maritime interests and natural resources on our rivers and at our ports, in the littoral regions, on the high seas, and around the world.
DHS played a key role in the Obama administration’s response to the BP oil spill, the largest spill in our nation’s history, leading the federal government's efforts to leverage resources from across the country and around the world to mitigate the impact of the oil on the environment, the economy and public health. This included deploying more than 48,000 personnel, 6,500 vessels, 3.8 million feet of hard boom, 1.8 million gallons of dispersant, and various techniques, such as controlled burning, skimming and containment efforts.