Response in Times of COVID-19
This session will present case studies of responses that implemented added safety measures due to COVID-19. The session will use examples from government and industry to share lessons learned and to recommend good practices. COVID-19 presents planning and response challenges not previously envisaged. These challenges and those of future pandemics must be successfully overcome. Our success will require proper forethought and early deliberate planning. Come join us to hear how government and industry experts successfully met the challenges of conducting a response in times of COVID-19.

Chair: Angela Barrow, Global Enterprise Manager, Emergency Management, Chevron
Co-Chair: Michael Roldan, Regional Director – Americas, Oil Spill Response Limited

Shoreline/All-Hazards Response
Shoreline response requires a balance of safety, environmental, and socio-economic considerations for proper implementation. Best practices continue to evolve in shoreline response and associated guidance. This session will highlight recommended practices and guidelines for shoreline and onshore response with examples of management and decision tools, and case studies.

Chair: Elliot Taylor, Principal/Marine Scientist, Polaris Applied Science
Co-Chair: Ed Turner, President, OMI

The Challenges and Complexities of Maritime Hazardous Materials Response Operations
This session will present the challenges and complexities of responding to hazardous material incidents in the maritime domain. Lessons learned from the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore hazardous materials response initiative and several recent salvage and marine firefighting case studies will be presented, including containership fires involving undeclared hazardous materials, salvage and shipwreck removal operations requiring hazmat operations with self-contained breathing apparatus entries, and the recovery of a high-benzene cargo from a sunken tank barge using a diver-directed “hot-tap” system. The U.S. hazardous materials response regulatory framework, operational best practices, interagency/industry coordination, and recommendations for policy and procedural improvements will also be presented.

Chair: Rebecca Garcia, Education Chair, American Salvage Association
Co-Chair: Forest Willis, Incident Manager, U.S. Coast Guard 7th District

Response Case Study
This session will take an in-depth look at the 2019 Bahamas Hurricane Response dealing with the immense humanitarian, logistical, and environmental challenges.

Chair: Nick Benson DPNA US SSU UOF, US EMPR & Crisis Management, Equinor
Co-Chair: Mike Drieu, GOM CEM Manager, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Worst-Case Discharge: Readiness and Capabilities
More than 10 years after MC-252, evaluating our readiness and capabilities for a worst-case discharge remains necessary and requires ongoing analysis. The speakers will approach this analysis through the lens of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). BSEE and the USCG have direct responsibility for planning and oversight for large-scale offshore oil and gas well responses, while the National Academy of Sciences provides technical expertise and advice throughout the U.S. government. Lastly, NOSAC provides advice to the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to activities directly involved with, or in support of, the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources within the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard.

Chair: Mike Drieu, GOM CEM Manager, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Co-Chair: Frank Paskewich, President, Clean Gulf Associates


Employee Stabilization in Disaster to Support Business Continuity
2020 will be recorded in history as a year of disaster. Whether the Global pandemic or the multitude of named storms in the Atlantic and Pacific Basins, there were challenges to the continuity of business in many locations. This session will highlight learnings from operators, OSROs, and disaster support contractors in a panel discussion format.

Chair: Stephen Pepper, Director, Crisis Management, Phillips 66

Oil and Gas Industry Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The purpose of this session is to review the oil & gas industry COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and share best practices. The industry has been focused on ensuring the safety of its personnel and continuing operations despite the COVID-19 hazard. During these times, the road map to success has tested the limits of planning and organizational capabilities. This session will be an examination of the preparation, response, and de-escalation lessons learned. In addition, there will be a review of the organization, plan structure, and business continuity efforts. This session will also discuss the value of peer companies and occupational health organizations for informational and level-setting purposes.

Chair: Ben Badon, Emergency Response Advisor, Hess Corporation
Co-Chair: Nick Furnari CEM, CBCP, Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager, Marine Well Containment Company


Data Management and the Common Operating Picture
Effective real time management of relevant data and a properly utilized common operating picture (COP) is an essential and integral part in today’s incident management. Our diverse and experienced panel will discuss the relevance of COP’s to incident situational awareness, present examples of successful data management, and share best practices of COPs used in both exercise environments and incidents.

Chair: Bob Patterson, Managing Director, Witt O’Brien’s

Environmental Health Support During an Incident
The number one priority of any incident is ensuring public safety. This session will discuss how the local, state, and federal public health authorities can support responders and officials during an incident to achieve this important objective.

Chair: Matthew Tilimon, Emergency Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

Mexico Update – Legislation, Operations and Challenges
In this session the speakers will provide an update on drilling operations in Mexico, and lessons learned from their own operational preparedness.  Topics will include, ongoing and planned offshore operations in Mexican waters, Operators and OSROs lessons learned, Mexico/ US Binational Spill Response Plan (MEXUS) and its Gulf Annex (MEXUS Gulf), planned activities and updates, legislature updates and challenges.

Chair: David Pertuz, Sr. Emergency Response Specialist, Shell Exploration & Production Company

Plans, Policies, and Procedures Updates
Good plans, policies, and procedures ensure we are prepared and set the foundation for an effective response. This session will discuss significant changes to various plans, policies, and procedures that affect the response and preparedness communities.

Chair: Emily Poe, Emergency Response Specialist, Phillips 66
Co-Chair: Val Garner, Senior Vice President of Operations, ERTS (Emergency Response & Training Solutions)

Wildlife Preparedness: Policies, Considerations, and Guidance
Guidance to develop an effective wildlife response requires informed planning and preparedness in multiple resource areas. This session will cover policy updates and guidance as well as best practices for planning for and implementing various activities pre and post response. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the speakers.

Chair: Rhonda Murgatroyd, Managing Director, Wildlife Response Services, LLC
Co-Chair: J. Jill Heatley DVM MS DABVP (Avian) DACZM, Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

Moderator: Andy Tirpak, Principal, A To Sea Environmental


Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Digital Toolbox
Make the most of your Virtual EOC. Virtual EOCs allow for world-wide incident management engagement while integrating phone apps and remote digital data collection. As technological advancements continue to evolve the Incident Management Digital Toolbox, we have a better answer to the question, “Who has to be in-person?”

Chair: Stephen Kastensmidt CEM, CPEA, Emergency Management & Security Team Lead, Enbridge Gas Transmission
Co-Chair: Justin Mellen, Crisis Management & Emergency Response Consultant, ConocoPhillips

Virtual Training and Exercising: Lessons Learned
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incident management industry has revolutionized the way we train, practice and respond to incidents. Industry has had to rethink the approach around these key components that are important to meet regulatory requirements and maintain our license to operate. As an industry, we’ve had to be flexible, adapt, and transition to fully virtual or hybrid models that utilize a combination of in-person responders supplemented by remote personnel. Using new collaboration and meeting applications, we’ve built Virtual Incident Command Posts (VICPs) in which to operate and leverage expertise irrespective of physical location. Many such events have now been successfully conducted in spite of the challenges we’ve faced. Preparedness is now just a click away as innovative approaches have been taken to conducting training, exercises, and even for responding to real events. Come join us and listen to industry’s recent lessons learned around virtual training and VICPs since the start of the global pandemic

Chair: Nicole Franks, President, NJ Resources, Inc.
Co-Chair: Melissa Simpson, CCM/ER Oil Spill Advisor, bp GoM


Oil Spill Research Facilities: Gaps and Needs
To serve the need of the oil-spill response community, there are many major facilities around the world for oil-spill research, testing, and training. Each of these facilities has its own uniqueness in its design, capacity, capabilities, and operational expertise; together they offer a wide spectrum of research, testing, and training capabilities that serve the growing global need for better regulations, practices, and developing response techniques to support sustainable development and environmental stewardship. This session will gather the interested parties and stakeholders to share and discuss facility capabilities and community needs to help better serve the spill response community. We will hear from representatives from the facilities, Government, industry, and Oil Spill Removal Organizations.

Chair: Paul Panetta Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Ohmsett
Moderator: Feiyue Wang Ph.D., B.Sc, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Centre For Earth Observation Science, University of Manitoba

Response Research
This session will provide a brief summary of oil spill research and development projects funded by the BSEE Oil spill Preparedness Division’s Response Research Branch. Additionally, three specific projects will be presented.

Chair: Gary Petrae, Senior Preparedness Analyst, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)


Oil Spill Fate and Transport
Speakers in this session will provide their insights on recent developments with response tools and techniques. Industry and government groups continue to put significant effort into improving existing understanding and identifying and advancing new tools. Specifically, speakers will describe new developments in trajectory modeling, oil weathering, and remote detection.

Chair: Tim Nedwed, Principal for Oil Spill Response, ExxonMobil Corporation

Operational Dispersant Use
Surface and subsea dispersants use is an important response tool especially for large offshore oil spills. An oil spill can have a negative impact on marine environments as well as the health of responders involved in source control and oil spill recovery. This session will discuss numerical modeling as well as field measurements associated with the use of subsea dispersants during the Deepwater Horizon response. It will also present a new test method allowing to rapidly access effectiveness of surface dispersants in the field. Information about effectiveness and effects of surface and subsea dispersants is critical for informed decision-making aiming to protect human health and ecological resources at risk during an oil spill.

Chair: Victoria Broje, Sr. Emergency Response Scientist, Shell

Techniques and Approaches to Sharpen our Understanding Towards Shoreline Assessments
There is continued discussion on each incident regarding shoreline assessments related to shoreline types, oiling categories, coverage, perceived injury and recovery, the use of SCAT information, and other tools to forecast the shoreline ecological condition. This session cannot address all the techniques and approaches, but will provide relevant information for consideration in the next shoreline assessment.

Chair: Keith Nichols, Ecological Program Manager, CK Associates LLC


Knowledge Management and Transfer
A number of veterans in the Oil Spill Response industry have recently or will be retiring in the near future. This panel includes representatives from industry, government, and the private sector who collectively have multiple decades of experience. They will discuss how to transfer knowledge to the next generation, and offer valuable insight into Oil Spill Response.

Chair: Angie Morrow, Sr. Consultant, Cardno
Moderator: Tom Coolbaugh, Program/Facility Manager, Applied Research Associates, In. | Ohmsett

The Balancing Act: Company, Employees, Customers, Community
Our industry is tracking many challenges for today and tomorrow. Past Clean Gulf sessions have focused on workforce attraction, retention, and development. This session will look at the balancing act each company faces with agendas, and how to ensure we balance the need of each for our companies, employees, customers, and community.

Chair: Robert Chambers, President, Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)
Moderator: Lawrence Malizzi, Senior Manager, Ramboll