Tuesday, November 8

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This workshop will review the legal framework and phases of the NRDA process as well as discuss roles within NRDA from both an operator and trustee perspective. We will also discuss how NRDA functions alongside an Incident Management Team, what information it needs, and some best-practices in sharing that information. We will close with case studies and lessons learned from past events.

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Sponsored by CTEH, no fee

With modern technology, information relating to a crisis, such as a chemical release, is usually available to the public within a few minutes of the event – and it may not be accurate. Rapidly communicating factual information after a crisis is imperative. Industry experts will demonstrate best practices and teach how to communicate quickly and effectively to employees, regulators, the press, and the public.  

  • Learn how to plan, prepare, and distribute accurate and timely information following a crisis
  • Case study presentations and working groups
  • Legal perspective panel

Who Should Attend

  • Claims personnel
  • Federal and state agencies
  • HAZMAT first responders
  • In-house counsel
  • Outside counsel
  • Industrial hygiene professionals
  • Medical professionals
  • Public information officers
  • Public relations professionals
  • Company executives and managers
Chair
Bob Patterson, Managing Director, Witt O'Brien's
Speakers
Barbara Parker, Principal, Emergency Management Systems, Shell Exploration & Production Company
  • The Importance of Assurance Programs - The Key to Incident Prevention
Dan Somma (CDR USCG, retired), Marine Terminal Compliance Advisor, Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • Dock Ready - Rock Steady Marine Safety, Spill Prevention and Emergency Preparedness through Assurance

Speakers in this session will address the value and proven necessity of a well-developed and well executed assurance program. To that end they will be providing valuable information from multiple perspectives.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chair
Michael Baccigalopi, Crisis and Continuity Management / Emergency Response Advisor, bp GoM
Co-Chair
Michael Roldan, Regional Director - Americas, Oil Spill Response USA Inc.
Speakers
Nick Benson CFO, FCOE, SSU, SCCM, Leader, Crisis and Continuity Management, Equinor US
  • Hurricane Dorian: A Focus on Wildlife Response
Nick Dyer, Response Specialist, Oil Spill Response Ltd
  • Sri Lanka Plastic Clean Up - Applying Oil Response Techniques and Creating New Ones
Paul Schuler, Director, External Affairs, Oil Spill Response USA Inc.
  • FSO SAFER - A Case Study

This session will present international case studies of responses that implemented accepted good practices. The session will include presentations from those who were actually there and give examples from government and industry to share lessons learned. International responses present additional planning and response challenges related to differing levels of local resources and government involvement. These challenges and those of future responses must be successfully overcome. Our future success will require frequent sharing of such experiences and implementation of lessons learned from responses within the U.S. as well as internationally. Come join us to hear how government and industry experts successfully met the challenge of conducting international responses.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Robert Simmons PE, Executive Associate, Environmental Science Services
Panelists
Mike Drieu, GOM CEM Manager, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Paul Galloway, Sr. Emergency Management Specialist, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
Frank Paskewich, President, Clean Gulf Associates
Nicole Franks, President, NJ Resources, Inc.
Gary Petrae, Preparedness Analyst, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Michael Sams, Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District

Panelists in this session will discuss the artificialities associated with spill response drills from the various perspectives of Industry, OSRO, Agency, and Consultant participants. This session is intended to set the stage for potential solutions presented in the subsequent sessions within this track.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 4: Safety in Planning, Preparedness, and Response
Chair
Cory Davis, Sr. VP, Operations & Principal Consultant, CTEH
Speakers
Ed Landgraf, Chairman, CAMO Coastal and Marine Operators
  • Corpus Christi NTSB Review 5 killed following a Marine Pipeline Strike
Tami McMullin, Senior Toxicologist, CTEH
  • Emerging Scientific and Regulatory Issues on Chemical Exposure and Risks to Fenceline Communities from Industrial Air Toxics Emissions

This session will contain a review of regulatory issues and cases surrounding community and worker safety in industry and transportation.

Chair
Angela Barrow, Global Enterprise Manager, Emergency Management, Chevron
Co-Chair
Jennifer Crouch, Principal CEM - GOM, BHP
Speakers
Dustin White PCP, CBCP, Response Program Manager & Training Advisor, The Response Group
  • Incident Response
Angela Barrow, Global Enterprise Manager, Emergency Management, Chevron
  • Business Continuity
D'Anne Stites, Compliance and Enforcement Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
  • Implementing Lessons Learned for Reducing Oil Spill Compliance and Response Costs (No Mask Required)
Craig Wyatt, Director, Crisis Management & Response, Colonial Pipeline Company
  • Colonial Cyber Incident - The use of an IMT for Operational & Business Continuity

With shifting trends now moving from virtual to physical or a hybrid of both, it is particularly important to understand the differences between IMT and BCP. Speakers in this session will help you navigate between the two as well as provide a real-world case study as an example.

Chair
Michael Baccigalopi, Crisis and Continuity Management / Emergency Response Advisor, bp GoM
Speakers
Elmer Emeric, Duty Manager, Oil Spill Response Ltd
  • Peru - Offshore & Shoreline Response - Managing Expectations and Changing Beach Profiles
Carlos Sagrera MSc., ISCO Representative in Latin America, External Advisor, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Management of a Tier III Spill in Latin America: A Worst Case Scenario in Peru
Matt Melton, Director of Business Development and Partnerships, International Bird Rescue
  • Peru Response: Constituting and Managing an Ad Hoc Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

This session will be a case study focused the oi spill that emanated from the vessel “Mare Doricum” off the Peruvian Coast. The session will include presentations from those who were actually there and give examples from government and industry to share lessons learned. Responses outside the United States (U.S.) present different planning and response challenges as there are differing levels of local resources and government involvement.  These different challenges present additional opportunities for lessons learned. The response industries future success will require frequent sharing of such experiences and implementation of lessons learned globally. Come join us to hear how government and industry experts successfully met the challenge of conducting international responses.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Allyson Purcell, HSE Coordinator - CM & ER, ConocoPhillips
Speakers
Sean Griffin, CEO, Disaster Tech
  • The Future of Training and Exercises: Current and Future Innovations
Ryan Delatte, Emergency Response Specialist, Phillips 66
  • Lessons Learned from Training in Galveston
KC Sullivan, C&CM Training & Exercise Manager, BP
  • Harnessing Technology to Serve Learning through Training and Exercises

Looking for new ways to train? Join this session to learn about training tools and technology to enhance your training program.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Safety in Planning, Preparedness, and Response
Chair
Nick Furnari CEM, CBCP, Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager, Marine Well Containment Company
Speakers
Paul Nony, Vice President and Principal Toxicologist, CTEH
  • Tactics for Deploying Environmental Air and Water Testing Equipment
Martin Majewski, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Exploration & Production Company
  • Vessel Operations, Safety, and Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS)
Jodi Harney Ph.D., Senior Scientist | Energy Director, CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.
  • Identifying and Mitigating Risks during Offshore and Subsea Environmental Operations

The purpose of this session is to review how industry mitigates health and safety risks when preparing for offshore equipment deployments. The presence of volatile organic compounds and the high density of vessels and personnel in the area present safety risks to responders working at and near the incident site. This session will share best practices on how advancing procedures and technology can improve safety for the spill response community.

Wednesday, November 9

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Chair
Michael Sams, Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District
Panelists
CWO Joseph Torcivia, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma
Gabrielle McGrath, Portfolio Manager - Spill Response Specialist, RPS Group
Paige Doelling Ph.D., Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas and SW Louisiana, NOAA
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
Bryan Rogers, PVB Chief, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

In 2019, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) sponsored a project in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard to improve the content of the coastal zone area contingency plans (ACPs) with respect to the information necessary to effectively plan for and respond to large oil spills from offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities. This collaboration between BSEE, USCG District Eight, resource trustees, state agencies, oil spill removal organizations (OSROs), and Area Committees resulted in a series of technical documents that provide offshore information for the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Collectively, these materials provide a foundation of risk assessment, resources at risk, and conceptual response information to inform coastal zone ACP planning, preparedness, and response to a significant offshore facility oil spill incident.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Chair
Mike Drieu, GOM CEM Manager, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Co-Chair
Frank Paskewich, President, Clean Gulf Associates
Speakers
Jim Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, Teichman Group, LLC
  • Golden Ray Salvage Case Study
Joe Bowles, Region Vice President, Marine Spill Response Corporation
  • Huntington Beach Spill

This session will focus on presenting key elements regarding response strategies and tactics as a result of large-scale responses off California (West Coast), Louisiana (Gulf Coast), and Georgia (East Coast).

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
James Werner, Safety Manager, Kirby Inland Marine
Speakers
Allyson Purcell, HSE Coordinator - CM & ER, ConocoPhillips
  • Progressing through your Emergency Management Career: Career Changing Milestones
Elizabeth Boerlin (MST1 USCG, retired), Doctoral Student, Texas A&M School of Public Health
  • Training Methodology for the New Generation of Oil Spill Responder

This session will focus on the cultivation of the next generation of responders. It will include education and certification paths for new personnel as well as the recruitment and retention of those responders as managers.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Chair
Tom Coolbaugh, Facility/Program Manager, Chief Scientist, Applied Research Associates, Inc. | Ohmsett
Speakers
Michel Boufadel, Distinguished Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Academic Perspective of Spill Response Research Facility Needs: Pooling of Resources"
Tim Nedwed, OSR Principal Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Industry Perspective of Spill Response Research Facilities: Near Term and Future Needs
David Cooper P.Eng., Sr. Project Manager, SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd
  • Overview of SL Ross Facility Capabilities
Tom Coolbaugh, Facility/Program Manager, Chief Scientist, Applied Research Associates, Inc. | Ohmsett
  • Ohmsett Facility Capability Overview

Presentations will provide overviews of facilities that support oil spill response research and development. Presenters will then take part in a panel discussion on the topic of future opportunities to enhance capabilities.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Chair
Keely Fitzpatrick, Customer Relations / Business Perf. Consultant, Marine Spill Response Corporation
Speakers
Carleen Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)
  • ESG and the Impact on Navigating Our Waterways
Ceren Karaer, Director, Business Development, Marine Spill Response Corporation
  • How your OSRO can Support your ESG Goals
Maria Gonzalez-Perez, Head of ESG Strategy, Petroleum, BHP
  • An Industry Perspective of ESG

This session will explore how the spill response community can support the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) goals of the broader industry.

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Chair
Nelson Fetgatter, President, Phoenix Pollution Control & Environmental Services, Inc.
Co-Chair
Angie Martin, Senior Vice President, Heritage Environmental Services
Panelists
John Silva, VP, Emergency Response and Operations, Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC
George Malvaney, Principal/Managing Partner, E3 Environmental
Andrew B. Altendorf, President & CEO, ACME Environmental
Ed Turner, President, OMI

This session will explore the future state of the contracting community in a volatile and ever-chancing business and cultural environment.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Bruce Simons, Prevention and Preparedness Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
Speakers
Nicole Franks, President, NJ Resources, Inc.
  • Designing Exercises as Part of an Ongoing Exercise Preparedness Program
Jared Angelle (CDR, USCG, retired), Emergency Response Team Leader, Phillips 66
  • It's all about the Simulation Cell (SimCell)
Sara Moore, Gulf Oil Spill Preparedness Section Supervisor, BSEE Oil Spill Preparedness Division
  • Testing the Oil Spill Response Plan - A Programmatic Approach to Designing Government-Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs)
Zachary Pickett (CDR, USCG, ret.), Emergency Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
  • Exercising Without Pulling a Hamstring

An emergency response exercise is a sprint through a relatively brief segment of an emergency response in order to provide an Incident Management Team (IMT) with an opportunity to train personnel, practice implementing their roles and responsibilities, understand internal and external interfaces, and demonstrate proficiency to regulators. This session will explore how the exercise design process is critical to the ultimate success of an exercise. Using lessons learned from past exercises, we explore how to use and improve the design process to create better ones.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 5: Response Technologies and Research
Chair
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
Speakers
Tim Nedwed, OSR Principal Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Evaluation of Oleophobic - Hydrophilic Skirt for Oil Spill Booms
David B. Chenault, President, Polaris Sensor Technologies
  • Continuous Oil Spill Remote Sensing and Autonomous Monitoring
Brent Koza, State Scientific Support Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
  • Supporting Prevention & Response Efforts through Science
John Caplis (USCG, Captain Retired), Emergency Oil Spill Coordinator, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Visualizing the Changing Fate of Oil and other Advances in Spill Trajectory Modeling

This session will focus on response research innovations. The technologies to be discussed include trajectory modeling, autonomous detection and monitoring, enhanced planning tools, and boom technologies.

Chair
Stephen Cook, Project Manager III, Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Program
Moderator
Raymond Oliveira, Manager, Texas General Land Office
Speakers
Stephen Cook, Project Manager III, Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Program
  • The Development and Success of the Texas General Land Office Vessel Turn-In Program
Philip Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
  • The Development of the Florida Vessel Turn-in Program
Adam Bode, Coastal Planner, South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
  • South Carolina's Vessel Turn-In Program Development Utilizing the NOAA Marine Debris 309 Process
Caitlin Wessel Ph.D., Marine Debris Program, Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator, NOAA - Office of Response & Restoration
  • Marine Debris Program Grants and the 309 Process as it Relates to Derelict Vessel Removal and Vessel turn-in Programs

The purpose of this session is to educate the public and environmental community about vessel turn-in programs and how they can assist with the problems of abandon vessels along U.S. coastal waters. Each of the state presenters has had a different way of going about creating and funding their vessel turn-in programs. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the speakers.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1: Planning and Preparedness
Chair
CWO-3 Brandon Todd, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District
Speakers
Dee Oos MEd, Area Contingency Plan Program Manager, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District
  • 21st Century Area Contingency Plan (ACP)
Nicolas Brescia CHMM, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 6
  • Subpart J - Revised CFR Changes
Bryan Rogers, PVB Chief, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Post Subpart J - Planning, Preparedness, and Response in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

In this session Federal Agency representatives will provide important updates on various plans and procedures vital to the response industry.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Chair
Matt Melton, Director of Business Development and Partnerships, International Bird Rescue
Co-Chair
Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director, The Wildlife Center of Texas
Speakers
Joyce Riesinger, Senior Response Manager; Biologist, Wildlife Response Services, LLC
  • Complications of Wildlife Response
Elizabeth Stratton, Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Disaster Response Coord, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Maritime Mammals in Spill Response
J. Jill Heatley DVM MS DABVP (Avian) DACZM, Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University
  • New Biomarkers for Health Assessment
Danene Birtell RVT, Readiness Coordinator - Care Operations, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, UC Davis
  • The Pipeline P00547 Incident in Huntington Beach, CA: An inside look at California's Oiled Wildlife Response System

This session will cover complications of wildlife response and lessons learned. Topics will include updates on marine mammals and bird care in a response as well as health assessments.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Lisa Saint, Crisis & Continuity Manager, BP Trading and Shipping
Speakers
Allyson Purcell, HSE Coordinator - CM & ER, ConocoPhillips
  • How to Guide Your Team to Success
John Carroll, Assoc Managing Dir, Witt O'Brien's
  • Plan Evaluation from a Consulting Firm's Perspective
Paul Galloway, Sr. Emergency Management Specialist, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
  • Comprehensive Communication Excellence
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 5: Response Technologies and Research
Chair
John Temperilli, President, Garner, a KSOLV Group Company
Co-Chair
JT Newman, President, E3 Environmental
Speakers
Gordon Staples, Senior Radar Applications Scientist/Project Manager, MDA
  • Comparison of Techniques for Estimation of Relative Oil Thickness form Spaceborne SAR
Martine Espeseth, Project Manager, Earth Observation, Kongsberg Satellite Services
  • Beyond Oil Spill Detection - Satellite Based Environmental Monitoring of Slicks
Juan Velasco, Physical Scientist, NOAA
  • SAR-based Oil Spill Thickness Classification
Christopher Fuller, Chief Operations Officer, RATES, Inc.
  • High Frequency Radar for Texas Bay and Ports

Does remote sensing have a play in response? If so, how accurate or useful? This session will focus on different remote sensing capabilities which can impact response efficacy and cost efficiency.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 6: Emerging Trends and Concerns
Chair
Helen Dubach, Director, Response Management, CTEH RM
Speakers
Angie Perez, Senior Toxicologist, CTEH
  • The Top 5 Preparations to Weather the PFAS "Forever Chemical" Storm
Stephen Somerville, Technical Director-PFAS, Pace® Science and Technology Company
  • Current and Emerging EPA Approved Analytical Methods for PFAS

The purpose of this session is to provide updates and recommendations for developments in PFAS regulations, analytical methods, and AFFF replacement products.

Thursday, November 10

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Speakers
Sam Jones, Coordinator, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO)
Jimmy A. Martinez, Deputy Director, Texas General Land Office
Nick Hatten, Emergency Response On Scene Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Samuel Graves, Emergency Coordinating Officer ESF10, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Capt. Tracy Wirth, Chief, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy
Sara Moore, Gulf Oil Spill Preparedness Section Supervisor, BSEE Oil Spill Preparedness Division
Nicolas Brescia CHMM, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 6

An integral part of preparing for an oil spill response is being current and up-to-date on state and federal regulations. Learn what you need to know to conduct business relative to oil spill response and remediation directly from the federal and state regulators who are responsible for proposing new rules as well as implementation and enforcement.

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10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Track 1: Planning and Preparedness
Chair
Nick Benson CFO, FCOE, SSU, SCCM, Leader, Crisis and Continuity Management, Equinor US
Co-Chair
Matthew Tilimon, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Speakers
Ben Badon, ER Advisor, Hess Corporation
  • Responsible Party (RP) Perspective
Captain Will Watson, Deputy Sector Commander, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, U.S. Coast Guard 13th District
  • Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOFC) Perspective
Karolien Debusschere, Deputy Coordinator, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO)
  • State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) Perspective
Jimmy A. Martinez, Deputy Director, Texas General Land Office
  • State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) Perspective
Warren Zehner, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 6
  • Federal On-Scene Coordinator Perspective

This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of key members of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Unified Command (UC) Structure in relation to spill response operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Also shared will be challenges and concerns of each representative stakeholder during a spill response incident. The purpose of this session is to provide a better overall understanding of the Unified Command representatives to foster better working relationships in the future.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Chair
Adam Davis, Scientific Support Coordinator, NOAA - Office of Response & Restoration
Speakers
Jennifer Horsman, GIS Specialist / Geologist, Research Planning, Inc.
  • Job Aids for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Operations in Support of Oil Spill and Hurricane Response
Bryan Thom, GIS Specialist, Research Planning, Inc.
  • Utilizing ESRI Field Data Collection Applications in Support of Identifying and Tracking Marine Debris, Three Case Studies
Ryan Fulton, Sr. Solution Engineer, DTN
  • Case Study: Storm Tracking and Response for Hurricane Ida

This session is focused on highlighting recent best practices in post disaster pollution assessment tools and applications. Particular attention is given to the recent increases in number and severity of hurricanes impacting the Gulf Coast and how to leverage spatial data assessment practices and tools to effect a better response to spills that result from these impacts.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Lisa Saint, Crisis & Continuity Manager, BP Trading and Shipping
Speakers
Erika Lamberth, Sr. Consultant, Crisis Communications, The Response Group
  • Social Media Management-Plan and Practice!
Darrell Wilson, President, MTI Network USA
  • Reputation Management: Meeting Today's Expectations of Accountability and Transparency
William Salvin, President, Signal Bridge
  • The Value in Media Engagement in a Crisis

In the heat of an incident, safety and operational priorities can easily overshadow information and stakeholder management, creating a dangerous information vacuum. In a digital world, information can spread globally within seconds and opinions are formed very quickly. Once these opinions are formed, they are difficult to change. If initial opinions are negative, the reputation of the company, its contractors, and the agencies involved can be seriously affected. This session explores the importance of practicing proactive external communications and robust ongoing engagement with traditional and social media in drills and exercises in order to maintain and improve readiness to address media management as well as operational aspects of a response.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Track 5: Response Technologies and Research
Chair
Gary Petrae, Preparedness Analyst, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Speakers
Eric Miller, Chief, Oil Spill Preparedness Division, Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement
  • BSEE Research - 10 Years
Karen Stone, Program Manager, Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement
  • Linear Boom Configurations to Improve In Situ Burning Efficiency
Kristi McKinney, Research Program Manager, Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement
  • Mechanical Recovery/Containment Research Update
Jay Cho Ph.D., Research Program Manager, Remote Sensing, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Remote Sensing Research Update

This session will provide a summary of research and development projects funded by the BSEE Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD) over the past ten years. Additionally, three specific projects on current technologies will be presented and a panel session will further expand on the OSPD Response Research program.

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Track 6: Emerging Trends and Concerns
Chair
Angie Martin, Senior Vice President, Heritage Environmental Services
Speakers
Bryan Rogers, PVB Chief, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Potential Renewable Energy Hazards - Wind Farms
Matthew Goldsmith, General Manager, Engineering, Marine Well Containment Company
  • Advancing Effective Response Technology to Manage Containment of High Pressure, High Temperature Wells
Amy Gohres, Response Specialist and Strategic Project Manager, NOAA
  • Planning for the Unplanned: Emergency Response to Marine Debris

This session will bring together unique hazards which are not oil spill related, but should appeal to those who are in the prevention, planning, and response spheres of influence. We have all become aware of the hazards presented by marine debris, which is the result of improper management of plastics. As we migrate toward renewable energy, we have to remember that these energy sources come with risks associated with windfarms in the ocean or large format batteries in over the road vehicles. We will also be exploring response technologies for high temperature, high pressure wells.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Breaks
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 1: Planning and Preparedness
Chair
Brian Reilly, Senior Environmental Scientist, CK Associates LLC
Speakers
Nicolle Rutherford, Biologist, NOAA Emergency Response Division / Office of Response and Restoration
  • Environmental Sensitivity Index Datasets: Past, Present, & Future
Christopher Fuller, Chief Operations Officer, RATES, Inc.
  • Water Column Exposure Modeling Tool (WCEMT)- Model Evaluation and Application
Monica Rusk, Claims Manager, National Pollution Funds Center
  • Introducing NPFC's Claims Communication Tool
Nimish Vyas, Research Biologist, USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center
  • Determining Pre-Disaster Carcass Scavenging Rates and Searcher Detection Rates in Inland Waters: A Case Study on the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers

This session will highlight a few assessment techniques and studies used to determine the amount of money a responsible party pays in damage assessments and private claims following an oil spill.  

Chair
Ben Badon, ER Advisor, Hess Corporation
Moderator
Robert Chambers, Senior VP Environmental Risk Management Solutions, Global Risk Solutions
Speakers
LCDR Joe Smith, Executive Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team
  • USCG Gulf Strike Team Perspective
Michael Sams, Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District
  • Regional Response Team Perspective
LTJG Savanah Ebhert, Operations Officer, National Response Center
  • National Response Team Perspective

This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the purpose, scope, and mission of key federal response stakeholders. Representatives from the National Response Center (NRC), Regional Response Team 6 (RRT6), and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Gulf Strike Team (GST) will provide information about their respective agencies. Attendees will also be given information about the history, structure, and current operational challenges that face each one of the stakeholders represented. The purpose of this session is to provide a better overall understanding of each agency to foster better working relationships in the future.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 3: Training and Exercises Best Management Practices
Chair
Kenny Rhame, CIO, The Response Group
Speakers
Ron Cantin, President, EMSI
  • Modifying Exercises to Improve Proficiency
Bruce Simons, Prevention and Preparedness Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
  • After Action Reporting and Lessons Learned
Elizabeth Boerlin (MST1 USCG, retired), Doctoral Student, Texas A&M School of Public Health
  • Building a Quality Team

We conduct exercises to validate plans, policies, and procedures that ensure emergency preparedness by identifying both strengths and weaknesses. This session will discuss strategies and best practices that increase proficiencies for your exercise program to ensure continuous improvement.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 5: Response Technologies and Research
Chair
Tim Nedwed, OSR Principal Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
Speakers
Michel Boufadel, Distinguished Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dispersant Effectiveness in Blowouts and Surface Spills
Anthony Knap Ph.D., Director, Geochemical & Environmental Research Group, Texas A&M University
  • The TROPICS Experiment: Long Term Changes of a Tropical Ecosystem after a Purposeful Oil Spill
Joseph Katz, Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • The Effects of Oil Properties on the Aerosolization and Emulsification of Oil Slicks

Academics with many years of experience in oil spill response (OSR) research will describe their current and past efforts. Further, speakers will share their thoughts on the importance of how to increase collaboration between academia and the response industry.