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Monday, November 18

Sponsored by Ambipar Response, no fee

POC: Bob Patterson

Instructors
Douglas Townsend CSP, CHMM, Corporate Compliance and Training Manager, SET Environmental, Inc.
Paul Nony PhD, CIH, CSP, Senior Vice President and Principal Toxicologist, CTEH, LLC.
Courtney Del Donno MPH, Consultant, CTEH, LLC.
Peter Everlof, Director, Health and Safety, Lewis Environmental
Stephen Pelna, Vice President, Lewis Environmental

Attendees should take away an understanding of the “soup to nuts” responsibilities of being the “Safety Officer” on a large-scale spill response.  Attendees should understand their roles, responsibilities, exposure and consequences of not establishing a safe work environment.

 

Key takeaways:

 

1.)   HASP (Health and Safety Plan)- What is the purpose of a HASP, how to create a HASP and who is responsible for the HASP. (Creating the HASP from a mock scenario of a train derailment on a major river).

 

2.)   Daily Safety Briefings (JSA) How to create an effective JSA based on the scope of work, the site hazards and a means of performing the job safely.   Discuss potential language barriers with contractor labor force and how to effectively communicate with the crews.

 

3.)   Site Safety Audits- Understand the importance of conducting site safety audits. Review the process of conducting a site safety audit, identifying the hazards, correct the significant/detrimental hazards immediately and communicate your finds to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.

 

Who Should Attend

·        Newly hired safety professionals

·        Safety liaisons or designated company representatives that do not hold a Safety Officer title

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chair
John Sweeney, Gulf of Mexico Regional Response Manager, Clean Gulf Associates
Speakers
James Hanzalik, Vice-President, Clean Gulf Associates
  • Clean Gulf Associate's Accell Clean DWD Stockpile
Tracy Sedlack (Invited), Senior Response Manager, Marine Spill Response Corporation
  • Marine Spill Response Corporation's COREXIT 9500 Stockpile
Rob Holland Ph.D. (Invited), Technical Lead, Oil Spill Response USA Inc.
  • Oil Spill Response Limited World Perspective
Angela Barrow, Global Enterprise Manager, Emergency Management, Chevron
  • Dispersant Monitoring Cooperative

This session will provide updates on dispersant testing results and/or the replacement and/or acquisition of new dispersants in response to EPA requirements to retest and recertify all existing stockpiles in the United States. A representative of a newly formed dispersant cooperative will discuss the need for a global view of dispersant management.

Original session description: This session will provide updates on dispersant testing results and/or the replacement and/or acquisition of new dispersants in response to EPA requirements to retest and recertify all existing stockpiles in the United States. A representative of a newly formed dispersant cooperative will discuss the need for a global view of dispersant management.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 5: Response Research and Technologies
Chair
Steve Buschang, Physical Scientist/Research Program Manager, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Co-Chair
Buzz Martin PhD, Emergency Management Specialist, Shell Emergency Management - PTS
Speakers
Gina Coelho, Senior Technical Advisor, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Advancing BSEE Response Research Technologies through a Novel On-Water Test & Evaluation Pilot Initiative
Kenneth Lee, Science Lead, Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI), Natural Resources Canada - Government of Canada
  • Development and Application of Oil Spill Mitigation Technologies for Inland Regions and Waterways
Gina Coelho, Senior Technical Advisor, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • BSEE Prize Challenge for Remote Sensing: Advancing the Science of Spill Detection

This session will focus on the development and advancement of technologies related to oil spill response through scientific research and initiatives. The presentations will cover the current development and application of technologies, as well as future challenges and opportunities associated with oil spill technology development.

Chair
Frank Paskewich, President, Clean Gulf Associates
Speakers
James Hanzalik, Vice-President, Clean Gulf Associates
  • Clean Gulf Associates Autonomous Underwater and Surface Vessel
Gina Coelho, Senior Technical Advisor, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Surface Water Droplet Size Distribution Instrument Laboratory Validation, Tank Deployment, and Field Evaluation
Co-Authors:
Ann Slaughter, Chemical Treatments Portfolio Program Manager, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Wen Ji, Postdoctoral Researcher, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Michel Boufadel, Distinguished Professor and Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Jodi Harney Ph.D., Vice President, Energy, CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.
  • Dispersant Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan

In this session we will discuss the EPA’s requirement to conduct surface and subsea dispersant monitoring for oil spills of 100,000 gallons or greater, or dispersant use in excess of 96 hours. Various elements will be covered including the type of equipment used, what is involved in developing a dispersant monitoring quality assurance project plan, and how monitoring fits in with U.S. Coast Guard SMART Protocols.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 5: Response Research and Technologies
Chair
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Research & Development, Texas General Land Office OSPR
Speakers
Michelle Karpinsky, Graduate Student, Florida International University
  • Generalization of Crude Oil for Oil Detection Canines Using Odor Profile Fractions
Co-Author:
Paul Bunker, Principal, Chiron-K9 LLC
Loretta Battaglia, Director, Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A & M Corpus Christi Corpus Christi
  • Tar Deposits and False Positive Observations on a Mustang Island beach, Texas
Co-Authors:
Ed Owens, President, OCC Ltd
Paul Bunker, Principal, Chiron-K9 LLC
James Brian Mitchell Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Merl-Consulting SAS
  • Tackling Smoke Emissions from In-Situ Burning
Co-Authors:
Merv Fingas, Chief Scientist, Spill Science Inc.
Anca Florescu-Mitchell, President, Merl-Consulting SAS
Michel Boufadel PhD, PE, Distinguished Professor and Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Subsurface Mechanical Dispersion of Oil Blowouts
Co-Author:
Scott Socolofsky, Professor, Texas A &M

This session will cover a variety of topics in oil spill research including crude oil detection using canines, in-situ burn smoke emissions, and subsurface mechanical dispersion of oil. On-shore crude oil detection canines have shown they are capable of rapidly detecting both surface and subsurface oil deposits with high accuracy. Additionally, documenting false positives during both human and canine tar deposit beach surveys on a section of non-manicured beach will be discussed. Approaches to create a product that can be incorporated into in-situ burn (ISB) operations to reduce emissions and/ or eliminate a plume resulting from ISB will be discussed. This session will also explore subsurface mechanical dispersion as an alternative measure to chemical dispersants in breaking up oil from underwater blowouts into small droplets. 

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Training and Exercises
Chair
Helen Dubach, Director, Environmental Response, CTEH, LLC.
Moderator
Keith Nichols, Senior Scientist/Project Manager, CK Associates LLC
Speakers
Matthew Tilimon (Invited), Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
  • Regulatory Requirements For Drills/Exercises
Nicole Franks, President, NJ Resources, Inc.
  • The Different Types of drills, Exercises, their Purpose, Deliverables, and Benefits
KC Sullivan, C&CM Training & Exercise Manager, bp
  • The Benefits of Exercising from a Responsible Part (RP) Viewpoint
Bruce Simons, Prevention and Preparedness Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
  • The Benefits of Exercising from an Agency Viewpoint

What is a drill, exercise, seminar, workshop? What are the differences between these? Why should we exercise? Join us for this session as we break these down and set the foundation for the rest of the Training and Exercise Track. 

Tuesday, November 19

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator/Chair
CDR Brad Bergan, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City
Speakers
Jeff Davis, Regional Director-Upper Texas Coast, Texas General Land Office
Clinton Williams Jr., Director of Emergency Response, T&T Marine Salvage Inc.
Helen Dubach (Invited), Director, Environmental Response, CTEH, LLC.

This session provides an opportunity to review best practices and lessons learned between major parties involved in the Pelican Island Bridge Allision following a partial bridge collapse and subsequent pollution response. Topics will include a case summary on the bridge allision, transportation impacts, pollution response tactics, and wildlife impacts. 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chair
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Research & Development, Texas General Land Office OSPR
Moderator
D'Anne Stites, Compliance and Enforcement, Oil Spill Prevention and Response, Texas General Land Office
Speakers
Sean Quinlan, Communications Program Manager/Community Liaison, U.S. DOT PHMSA
  • PHMSA Outreach to Underserved and Transportation Disadvantaged Communities
Ashley Sandquist, Spill Responder, Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Viability of Crowdsourcing for Oil Spill Planning, Response, and Restoration
Lee Mayfield, Director of Response, Hagerty Consulting
  • Long-Term Recovery and Community Engagement on High-Profile Incidents - Best Practices and Emerging Priorities Beyond Response

Oil spills, hazardous material spills, and natural disasters can have a tremendous impact on local communities. This session will highlight different engagement efforts and lessons learned.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Track 6: Planning and Preparedness
Chair
Paige Doelling Ph.D., Scientific Support Coordinator, NOAA/NOS/OR&R/ERD
Moderator
Alex Nunez, Kills and Spills Team, Region 4 Coordinator, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Speakers
CDR (retired) Zachary Pickett, Emergency Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
  • Increasing Wildlife Response Readiness
Co-Authors:
Justin Sefcik, Chief Operating Officer, Texas State Aquarium
Danielle Hale, Director of Emergency Management, Port of Corpus Christi
Barry Forsythe Ph.D., National Spill Response Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Best Practices for Migratory Bird Care During Oil Spill Response
Alex Nunez, Kills and Spills Team, Region 4 Coordinator, Texas Parks & Wildlife
  • Net Environmental Benefit for Coastal Spill Response

Fish and birds and turtles…oh my. We never want to impact wildlife, but essential planning prior to an event ensures response is appropriate to protect it. This session will focus on increasing readiness and best practices.

Chair
Gil Martinez, Emergency Response Advisor, Murphy Exploration & Production Co.
Panelist
Terry Hasenauer, Emergency Response Consultant, Witt O'Brien's
Speaker
Gil Martinez, Emergency Response Advisor, Murphy Exploration & Production Co.
Panelist
David Hill, Senior Emergency Response and Crisis Management Consultant, The Response Group

In this session panelists will discuss the components of an exercise according to the NPREP 3-year cycle utilizing the HSEEP Process. Panelists will also give examples on how to do this.

PPT overview will be deliverd by Gil Martinez

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chair
Kevin Palm, Technical Projects & BD, Cotton Logistics
Moderator
Nelson Fetgatter, President, Phoenix Pollution Control
Panelists
Eugene Barlow, Crisis & Continuity/Emergency Management Advisor for the Gulf of Mexico & Canada, bp GoM
Rick Ferguson, Senior Emergency Management Specialist, Shell Oil Products US
Forrest Jackson, Executive Vice President, Cotton Logistics
Joe Torres, Emergency MGT Specialist, TC Energy

This session will cover challenges of setting up a response in remote locations. For example, often times an operator’s 1st or even 2nd Incident Command Posts (ICP) are not always usable or geographically suitable. Also included will be a logistics supplier viewpoint on meeting the needs of the response environment which can include housing, food, medical, and community.

Chair
Michael Roldan, Senior Consultant, Hazmat Safety Consulting
Panelists
Thomas Sturgeon MSc, Technical Advisor, ITOPF Limited
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, T&T Group of Companies
Richard Davi, Global EP&R Advisor, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.

This session will address the transition from traditional marine fuels to alternative options and the need to ensure their safe use as bunkers and their safe carriage as cargoes. Alternative fuels represent one element in the all-hands effort needed to achieve the UN's Global Development Initiatives. The successful transition to alternative fuels will depend on properly preventing, preparing and responding to alternative fuels and to their potential incidents.  

Chair
Commander, USCG (Ret.) Dan Somma, Marine Terminal Compliance Advisor, Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Speakers
John Carroll, Associate Managing Director, Compliance Services, Witt O'Brien's, LLC / Ambipar Response
Michael Herod CSP, Senior Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Emergency Response Professional, Motiva Enterprises, Retired
Richard Raksnis, Supervisor, Oil Spill Response Plans and Emergency Support, U.S. DOT PHMSA

It’s time for some Jeopardy! Learn through an interactive session how to build a plan, review it, and submit it correctly in a knowledgeable and fun interactive session! This session will highlight tips and tricks to help your organization submit top-quality, bulletproof plans to the EPA, PHMSA, and USCG regulators. This session will review essential lessons learned from real-world examples of facility response plans, oil spill response plans, dock operations manuals, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plan submissions, and agency audits. Avoid costly delays and unnecessary plan reviews by getting it right first! Learn from experts with over 80 years of combined experience and who have supported thousands of plans.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chair
Daniel Buchanan MS, CSP, Training Manager, Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI)/Industrial Incident Management, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Speaker
Elizabeth Roumell Ph.D., Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, School of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development
  • Fundamentals of Adult Learning and Education

This session will present the fundamentals of Adult Education and more specifically, to relate to “how” adults learn. Enhancing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) development and retention throughout an adult’s career will be a focus as well.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chair
Eddie Murphy, Emergency Response Liaison, U.S. DOT PHMSA
Speakers
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, T&T Group of Companies
  • Genius Star XI Ion Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Response Case Study
Keith Glenn, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 2
  • Maui Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Response Case Study
Bob Richard, President, Hazmat Safety Consulting
  • Making Lithium Batteries Safer through Regulatory Change

This session will provide case studies on the Maui Wildfire and the M/V Genius Start XI battery responses. Information you need will include special considerations for safe handling of damaged, defective, and recalled batteries.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 3: Emerging Trends and Concerns
Chair
Michael Roldan, Senior Consultant, Hazmat Safety Consulting
Speakers
Stephen Pepper, Sr Consultant - PFAS Programs, CTEH, LLC.
  • Effective Management of AFFF Runoff: Early Consideration Strategies for Containment and PFAS Remediation
Derek Kliethermes MS, CIH, Sr IH/ER Consultant, CTEH, LLC.
  • Assessment of Industrial Hygiene Exposure During Large Scale Fire Suppression Tests Using Fluorine-Free Foams

With new regulations and requirements on the horizon, PFAS are creating disruptions and uncertainty. This session will specially focus on PFAS containing Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) and its containment, remediation, and exposure risks.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 6: Planning and Preparedness
Chair
Ed Owens, President, OCC Ltd
Moderator
Chris Tracy, Environmental Engineer, Heritage Environmental Services
Speakers
Ed Owens, President, OCC Ltd
  • Remote Area Shoreline Treatment Feasibility and Viability Analyses
Co-Authors:
Odd Willy Brude, Senior Principal Consultant, DNV
Hans Petter Dahslett, Environmental Risk Group Leader, DNV
Adriana Suarez, Remediation Specialist, Kak-Lamor
  • Barrier-Based Environmental Risk Management of Accidents Leading to Major Oil Spills
Co-Author:
Fidel Ilizastigui, Associate Principal Safety Consultant, Risquest safety Consultants
Victoria Broje Ph.D., Principal Emergency Management Specialist - Environment, Shell Emergency Management - PTS
  • Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) for a Hypothetical Loss of Well Control Scenario in the Gulf of Mexico
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Research & Development, Texas General Land Office OSPR
  • Aging Oil & Gas Infrastructure in Texas Bays

During planning and preparedness, a thoughtful approach to risk management before the spill will lead to meaningful loss considerations and activities. We will explore Net Environmental Benefits Analysis (NEBA), barrier-based risk management, and shoreline treatment. 

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Training and Exercises
Chair
Jennifer Crouch, CEM Advisor â€Â" GOM, Woodside Energy Ltd.
Panelists
Allyson Purcell, Director-L48 CMER, ConocoPhillips
Sara Moore (Invited), Gulf Oil Spill Preparedness Section Supervisor, BSEE Oil Spill Preparedness Division
Josh Dubach MSc, CEM, Director, Preparedness & Response, NJ Resources, Inc.
Jared Angelle (CDR, USCG, retired), CEM, MEP, Emergency Response Team Leader, Phillips 66

There are several factors that make up an effective training program. Specifically in this session the speakers will breakdown the following aspects to include – leadership, minimum requirements, selection of team members, and the facilitation of training.

Wednesday, November 20

8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Chair
Melanie Manville MEP, CEM, CBCP, Senior Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, Marine Well Containment Company
Speakers
Lee Britton, Sr. Emergencies Scientist & PhD Candidate, Memorial University
  • Underwater Seabed Cleanup Assessment Technique (uSCAT) Manual Overview
Kolin Ibrahim, Health Safety and Environment Officer, Marine Well Containment Company
  • Continuous Improvement in Source Control
Andy Quast, Spill Responder, WA State Department of Ecology, Spills Program
  • Initial Community Air Monitoring During a Significant Spill Response Event
Co-Author:
Geoff Baran, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Lead, WA State Department of Ecology, Spills Program

As drilling evolves so too must the tools, equipment, and responder training. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about advancements in capping stacks and subsea dispersant injection technology for oil spill response, understand the Underwater Seabed Cleanup Assessment Technique (uSCAT) Manual and gain new insights into community air monitoring programs for oil spills.

Chair
Stephen Pepper, Sr Consultant - PFAS Programs, CTEH, LLC.
Panelists
Sally Mostellar RN, Senior Medical Specialist, CTEH, LLC.
Deputy Fire Chief Brandon Davis, Senior Emergency Response Consultant, Phillips 66

The waters and diverse ecosystems of the Gulf are our treasures, and its guardians - the responders who manage and mitigate spills and environmental hazards - are the unsung heroes dedicated to its protection. Yet, with the high stakes and intense demands of their roles comes a hidden toll; the impact on responders' mental health. In this critical session we will delve into the unique psychological challenges faced by these environmental stewards. From the emotional aftermath of large-scale disasters to the stress of ongoing vigilance for potential threats, our focus will be on equipping responders with the tools and support they need to maintain their mental well-being.

Chair
Darren Shelton, Sales Director, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Panelists
Captain Keith Donohue, Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Capt. JJ Plunkett, Port Agent, Houston Pilots
Nathaniel Hough, Vice President - Gulf Coast Operations, Campbell Transportation Company, Inc.
James Prazak, Performance Director, Tricon Energy International/Port Coordination Team, Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee
Capt. David Foret, Chairman CEO, The ACTion Group
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, T&T Group of Companies
Greg Delong, Director, Marine Liaison, Enterprise Products

Harbor Safety Committees are key enablers of the national Marine Transportation System, supporting domestic and global supply chains and promoting the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound operation of our ports and waterways. The Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee is critical to the success of the Ports of Houston, Galveston, Texas City and Freeport and associated waterways, including the Houston Ship Channel. This panel of Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee Executive Leaders will include federal agency perspectives; harbor safety committee best management practices, challenges, and solutions for managing congested waterways, emergency response, and reducing waterway incidents; and the future of maritime safety in the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Track 4: Training and Exercises
Chair
Matthew Tilimon, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Co-Chair
David Hill, Senior Emergency Response and Crisis Management Consultant, The Response Group
Speakers
Paul Gazdik, Emergency Management Specialist, FEMA
  • Exercise Doctrine - HSEEP Overview
Lance Tannehill, Senior Consultant, The Response Group
  • Exercise Design and Development Best Practices
Chris James, Director Response Operations, Witt O'Brien's, LLC / Ambipar Response
  • Exercise Conduct Best Practices
Dan Deptula (Capt. U.S. Coast Guard, ret.), Operations Manager, EMSI
  • Exercise Evaluation Best Practices

Don’t just check the regulatory box. Come hear from expert exercise practitioners how to design, conduct, and evaluate an effective exercise that truly informs and trains your personnel while testing and validating important plans, policies, and procedures. 

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Chair
Bob Patterson, Managing Director, Witt O'Brien's, LLC / Ambipar Response
Speakers
Capt. David O'Connell, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-NCR
  • Designated FOSC
Geoffrey Donahue, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Planning, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Designated SOSC
Col. Estee Pinchasin, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
  • Responsible for the Federal Channel
Chris James, Director Response Operations, Witt O'Brien's, LLC / Ambipar Response
  • Responsible Party Incident Commander

Early morning March 26, 2024 the MV DALI, an outbound containership, allided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the bridge to collapse on the vessel’s bow and into the waterway. This “Incident of National Significance” has understandably captured the world’s attention and came with unique challenges due to its complexity, political climate, and uncommon ICS organizational structure.


This session will include the perspectives and insights directly from the Unified Command leads represented by the U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland State Police, and Witt O’Brien’s representing Synergy Marine to recover the victims, prevent additional damage and pollution, and reopen the critical shipping channel to maritime traffic. 

Moderator
Brian House, Executive Director, Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)
Speakers
Rebecca Broussard, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA/OEM
John Carroll, Associate Managing Director, Compliance Services, Witt O'Brien's, LLC / Ambipar Response
Angie Martin, President, Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)

Organized by Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)

As the dust settles on the final hazardous substances rule, we will explore timelines and the types of materials that may be released, as well as explore what may be appropriate from a planning perspective. We will also discuss potential prevention activities and potential response strategies. We will explore EPA’s plans to produce tools for planning as well.


A panel of experts will be led through a facilitated session designed to educate and engage the audience about the various elements, challenges and considerations to this important topic.

Chair
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, T&T Group of Companies
Moderator
Michael Dean, Executive Director, American Salvage Association
Panelists
Joseph Farrell, Chief Executive Officer, Resolve Marine Group
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, T&T Group of Companies
Tim Couvillion, Chief Executive Officer, Couvillion Group

Organized by the American Salvage Association (ASA)

This session will focus on the state of the U.S. marine salvage and firefighting industry and include presentations by current, past, and future Presidents of the American Salvage Association. Topics will include industry challenges from megaships to alternative fuels, recent case studies and lessons learned including lithium battery/car carrier incidents, subsea oil recovery operations and large-scale shipwreck removals, and regulatory and policy issues with a discussion on the future of the marine casualty response industry.

Chair
Benjamin Badon, Emergency Response Advisor, Hess Corporation
Co-Chair
Matthew Tilimon, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Speakers
Kade Long SAA-TPOC/STO (Invited), Chief, Training Division, Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • State of Texas ICS Training and Certification Process
Vincent Velasquez, Sr. Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Industry Example of ICS Certification Training Process
LCDR Benjamin Cariddi, Emergency Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response (CG-OEM)
  • U.S. Coast Guard ICS Qualification Process and Standards

Personnel who fill positions in the Incident Command System (ICS) have the ultimate responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the public, responders, and the environment when an incident occurs. Whether you are in the public or private sector, we have an obligation to the stakeholders that have entrusted this obligation to us. One of the ways in which we meet this commitment is by ensuring that the personnel that fill these roles have the proper training and skill set to perform their assigned tasks. This session will explore how we can accomplish this task. We will look at the standards set at the state and federal level as well as best practices within the oil & gas industry.   

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Chair
Captain Keith Donohue, Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Moderator
TJ Engstrom CEP, Director Emergency Services, SET Environmental, Inc.
Panelists
James Shuler, Emergency Response Manager, Energy Transfer Partners
Jim Smith, Vice President of Business Services, E3 Environmental
Captain Keith Donohue, Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

With a decrease in spill events leading to less hands-on response experience, to reduced funding and crushing regulations, the challenges facing OSRO’s continues to evolve. This session will begin with a “Status of the Industry” for OSRO’s and Operators. It will be followed by a panel discussion on how the response community is navigating modern challenges to maintain legacy services.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 7: Ports and Maritime
Chair
CWO Michael Walker, Marine Safety Specialist Response, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Speakers
Josh Clifford, Vice President, Operations and Emergency Response, QT Environmental
  • Managing the Unexpected: Tobago Salvage and Oil Spill Response
Michael Roldan, Senior Consultant, Hazmat Safety Consulting
  • Solutions to Address Risks of the Ghost Fleet
Co-Author:
Katherine Camberg, Research Assistant, American Enterprise Institute
KC Sullivan, C&CM Training & Exercise Manager, bp
  • Case Study: Aquatic Invasive Species during Spill Response Operations

Marine casualty and oil spill response operations are often dynamic, complex, and stressful events involving myriad stakeholders. The Maritime Case Study Panel will present a number of response case studies with unique challenges; from rogue, substandard tank vessels operating in violation of US sanctions, to an abandoned, capsized tank barge in Tobago that created a major government-funded oil spill and salvage operation, to the complexities of managing invasive species and permitting during oil spill response operations.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Training and Exercises
Chair
Kevin Bailey, Principal, Emergency Preparedness & Response, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
Co-Chair
David Hill, Senior Emergency Response and Crisis Management Consultant, The Response Group
Speakers
Joseph Chaney, Principal for Oil Spill Response, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
Kevin Bailey, Principal, Emergency Preparedness & Response, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
David Hill, Senior Emergency Response and Crisis Management Consultant, The Response Group

What are the different processes within incident command? How can your teams be trained in this process? The speakers in this session will not only answer these questions but also cover important topics such as tactical planning and pitfalls, working through the approval process, and establishing and preparing for Unified Command (UC). Join these experts as they delve into these topics and uncover the answers.