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1 INCREASED CRUDE BY RAIL PART 1: ASSESSING THE RISK

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5 OIL BY RAIL TASK FORCE FINDINGS GEOGRAPHIC RESPONSE PLAN GAP ANALYSIS FAST WATER RESPONSE AND EQUIPMENT ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES, RESOURCES, CONTACT INFORMATION

6 GEOGRAPHIC RESPONSE PLAN GAP ANALYSIS TASKED WITH MAPPING RAIL ROUTES/FACILITIES, FAST WATER RESPONSE OPTIONS, ETC. WORK GROUP WITHIN THE TASK FORCE TASKED WITH “IDENTIFYING GRP GAPS” WHAT’S A GAP?

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12 FAST WATER RESPONSE AND EQUIPMENT DEFINE FASTWATER IN THE NW PROVIDE TACTICAL RESOURCES FOR SPILL RESPONDERS PROVIDE APPROPRIATE EXPECTATIONS FOR NON-RESPONDERS DETERMINE WEAK POINTS FOR FASTWATER RESPONSE IN NW

13 MEMBERS OF SUBGROUP FRED FELLEMAN CRAIG CORNELL, MSRC TIFFANY GALLO, NRC AMANDA RIGHI, ECOLOGY DON PETTIT, ODEQ JEFF LEWIS, ECOLOGY TIM CALLISTER, USCG

14 WATER IS FASTWATER FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE NWACP WHEN IT EXCEEDS 1 KNOT. 2 MOST COMMONLY USED TACTICAL MANUALS: OIL SPILL RESPONSE IN FAST CURRENTS: A FIELD GUIDE USCG RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, 2001, REPORT NO. CG-D AVAILABLE ONLINE OIL RESPONSE IN FAST WATER CURRENTS: A DECISION TOOL USCG RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, 2002, REPORT NO. CG-D NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM INDEPENDENT SOURCE, TURNED INTO NWACP 9302

15 NWACP : FASTWATER SPILL RESPONSE WHY FASTWATER OIL SPILL RESPONSE IS DIFFICULT NAME AND DESCRIPTION FOR FASTWATER-SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT LINK TO RECOMMENDED USCG TACTICAL MANUALS

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19 FINDINGS RE: FASTWATER RESPONSE IN NW RESPONSE IN CURRENTS OF 1-2 KNOTS ALL OSROS COVER PUGET SOUND OR THE COLUMBIA RIVER. THIS SUBGROUP DOES NOT BELIEVE A RESPONSE GAP EXISTS FOR THESE AREAS.

20 FINDINGS RE: FASTWATER RESPONSE IN NW RESPONSE IN CURRENTS OF 2-7 KNOTS FAST WATER RESPONSE OFTEN ENTAILS DEFLECTING OIL TO SLOWER EDDIES FOR COLLECTION, AND DEFLECTING OIL FROM SENSITIVE RECEPTORS. ADDRESSING ACCESS AND LOGISTICAL ISSUES ON INLAND RIVERS DURING A SPILL WILL TAKE CONSIDERABLE TIME, AS WILL IDENTIFYING THOSE NATURAL COLLECTION AREAS. THIS WILL BE A BIGGER CHALLENGE THAN GETTING ENOUGH EQUIPMENT.

21 FINDINGS RE: FASTWATER RESPONSE IN THE NW EQUIPMENT MOST EQUIPMENT EXCEPT LARGE OCEAN BOOM CAN BE USED IN FAST WATER BY A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND/OR TRAINED OPERATOR. TRAINING SOME, NOT ALL OSRO STAFF HAVE TAKEN FAST WATER OR RIVER RESPONSE COURSES. TESTING GRP STRATEGIES IN MAJOR RIVERS IS A BETTER WAY TO BUILD RESPONDER CAPABILITIES TO PERFORM FAST WATER RESPONSE THAN TAKING A FAST WATER RESPONSE COURSE. THIS STRATEGY PROVIDES BOTH HANDS ON RESPONSE EXPERIENCE AND VALIDATES THE RESPONSE TACTICS THAT WILL NEED TO BE DEPLOYED RAPIDLY DURING A SPILL.

22 RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE FASTWATER RESPONSE IN NW IMPROVE GEOGRAPHIC RESPONSE PLANS FOR MAJOR RIVERS: LOCATE AND DEVELOP BOOMING STRATEGIES FOR NATURAL COLLECTION SITES IN MAJOR INLAND RIVERS. TEST THE BOOMING STRATEGIES FROM PRIORITY 1 TO DEFLECT AND COLLECT OIL IN MAJOR RIVERS. PRE-IDENTIFY PRIORITY SITES FOR DEFLECTION BOOMING ON MAJOR INLAND RIVERS BASED ON RESOURCES AT RISK. PROVIDE REGULATORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE FAST WATER DEPLOYMENTS EITHER THROUGH DRILLS OR A FAST WATER RESPONSE CLASS.

23 ANY ADDITIONAL EFFORTS TO ASSESS RISK FROM AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS?


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