Spill Response to Non-Floating Oils

On November 15, 2017, OSPR hosted a multi-agency informational meeting for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with the goal of providing a forum to address California’s risk of and readiness to respond to spills of Non-Floating Oil (NFO). Attendees of the public meeting included appointed TAC members and representatives from the California Energy Commission, United States Coast Guard (USCG), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), OSPR, and the response contractor community.

Five response questions framed the workshop:

  • What might be spilled?
  • Where will it go?
  • What might get hit?
  • How will it hurt?
  • What can we do about it?

To answer these questions, OSPR invited subject matter experts to describe the types, current use, trends, and transportation of NFO in California; as well as the fate and transport of NFO when spilled in different environments; the ecological impacts of NFO spills; and the available technologies to detect and recover spilled NFO. Presentations were followed by a moderated discussion. *If you experience any difficulty opening the links below in Firefox, please use Chrome or Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions, please contact the OSPR Response Technology and Support Program Manager, Greg McGowan at Greg.McGowan@wildlife.ca.gov.


Greg McGowan
Email: Greg.McGowan@Wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 375-6674

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