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Clean Pacific 2018

By BCShippingNews 19 June 2018
Clean Pacific 2018
Spill Prevention & Response for Marine, Inland Waterways, Rail and Pipeline

Clean Pacific 2018: Spill Prevention & Response for Marine, Inland Waterways, Rail and Pipeline
When: June 19 - 21, 2018
Where: Portland Oregon

The CLEAN PACIFIC Conference & Exhibition delivers solutions for spill prevention and response for marine, inland waterways, rail and pipeline. It brings together all parties responsible for response operations in the Pacific region to discuss best practices and build interagency relationships vital to a successful response. CLEAN PACIFIC was designed to deliver a program that covers issues unique to the West Coast, and the conference agenda is carefully built out by a group of experts representing State/Provincial and Federal Government, industry and non-profit partners in oil spill prevention, preparedness and response.

For more information: http://2018.cleanpacific.org/

Here's a sneak peek into some of the conference sessions being planned:

Derelict and Abandoned Vessel Prevention
Without a cohesive national policy to address the environmentally damaging and financial draining problem of derelict and abandoned vessels, federal funding intended for other substantial environmental challenges is inadequate to prevent and respond to this pervasive issue. Additionally, state funding can only briefly, if at all, help stem the tide. This session will address interagency complications of the derelict vessel problem, including a discussion on policy suggestions for a unified approach at the national level, and a look at current legislative efforts in Canada to create a sustainable solution.

Chair: Devon Grennan, CEO/President, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Oil Spill and HAZMAT Case Studies
This session will highlight significant spill and hazardous materials case studies in both the marine and inland environments. A broad range of topics include a large asbestos-laden fire, a Bakken derailment cleanup, public health issues on an inland river gasoline spill, and the first 48 hours of emergency response to a large marine spill.

Chair: Richard Franklin, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 10

Creating Realistic Exercises to Improve Emergency Management Team Response Capabilities
With fewer and fewer spills to gain experience, exercises have become a valuable part of maintaining proficiency for response teams. Experience has shown us that during exercises, NPREP requirements tend to create an unrealistic training environment. To counteract this there needs to be a well thought out approach for exercises to keep participants from getting overly focused on process and products, versus creating a more realistic response environment with appropriate emphasis on both process and managing/supporting current operational activities. To address this issue this session will focus on how to create realistic exercises to ultimately improve Incident Management Team response capabilities.

Chair: Barbara Parker, Response Science and Advocacy Manager, Shell Exploration & Production Company
Moderator: Bradly Chapman, Emergency Response Coordinator, Chevron Shipping Company LLC

Applied Response Technologies
The use of best available technologies is essential for the success of a response. This session will provide detailed summaries on advances to mechanical recovery, dispersant applications, and in-situ burning.

Chair: Erik DeMicco Ph.D., EP&R Advisor, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

For more information: http://2018.cleanpacific.org/