The Lower Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.

The Lower Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. (NOAA Photo.)

Natural Resources Section

The Natural Resources Section provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service, and seeks monetary restitution from responsible parties for injuries caused to our Nation’s natural resources by releases of hazardous substances from thousands of waste sites, numerous oil spills, and physical impacts (e.g., vessel groundings) to unique resources located in National Marine Sanctuaries.

The Section has fourteen attorneys, a program coordinator, one paralegal, and three support staff. The head of the office is Craig O’Connor, Section Chief and Special Counsel, who is located in the Northwest Office. Mr. O’Connor is supported by a Deputy Section Chief and two Senior Counselors:

Katherine Pease, Deputy Section Chief (Southwest Office)
Linda Burlington, Senior Counselor for Damage Assessment (Silver-Spring Office)
Robert Taylor, Senior Counselor for Restoration (Northwest Office)

The NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program web site contains additional information.

Contact Information

Silver Spring Office
Natural Resources Section
NOAA Office of General Counsel
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC3-15107
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301-713-1217
Fax: 301-713-1229

Northeast Office
Natural Resources Section
NOAA Office of General Counsel
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930-2276
Phone: 978-281-9384

Northwest Office
Natural Resources Section
NOAA Office of General Counsel
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone: 206-526-6075

Southwest Office
Glen Anderson Federal Building
501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4470
Long Beach, CA 90802
Telephone: 562-980-4080

Southeast Office
Natural Resources Section
NOAA Office of General Counsel
263-13th Ave. South, Suite 177
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Telephone: 727-824-5370