December 18, 2012
December 5, 2011
The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force has sponsored a stakeholder workgroup to review the status of oil spill planning and preparedness on the U.S./Canadian borders between Alaska and British Columbia, and between Washington and British Columbia. The final Workgroup report - with recommendations - is available at http://oilspilltaskforce.org/docs/notes_reports/
Final_US_Canada_Transboundary_Project_Report.pdf (pdf, 9.4MB).
Known as "the U.S./Canadian Transboundary Spill Planning and Response Project Stakeholder Workgroup," they first convened in June of 2008 and adopted a Work Plan that fall. Their stated goal was to review and document existing U.S./Canadian Transboundary oil spill response plans and capabilities for the British Columbia/Alaska and British Columbia/Washington borders, acknowledging existing authorities and response management systems; and to recommend improvements as needed for joint response and planning efforts, as well as for planning and capacity building within each jurisdiction.
The Project Workgroup chartered five Subcommittees (Command, Planning, Operations, Logistics and Finance) which then developed reports on a variety of topics ranging from management of multiple command posts to remote location logistics. Those draft reports have undergone an iterative review and comment process over the past two years to produce this final Project Report with recommendations to improve spill response on the two Pacific Coast borders of the U.S. and Canada.
Many persons - representing many organizations and interests - have made a significant investment in this review of oil spill planning and preparedness. Many of these same persons will now be involved in implementing the recommendations in this Project Report. The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is deeply grateful for their ongoing commitment.
December 14th, 2010
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December 16th, 2009
This updated table compares the contingency planning requirements for facilities and vessels of our member agencies as well as US and Canadian federal agencies.
These volunteer management planning guidelines have been developed by a Work Group sponsored by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force for the benefit of Area Committees endeavoring to develop Convergent Volunteer Management Plans. They are not intended to be used as a template, since statutes and regulations governing volunteer management vary among states or provinces. Instead, they should serve as guidelines for topics/issues/strategies to consider as the Convergent Volunteer Management component of an Area Plan is developed.
A thorough review and analysis of the status of implementation of the 2002 recommendations made by the West Coast Offshore Vessel Trafic Risk Management Project workgroup has generated new recommendations to reduce the risk of oil spills from coastwise vessel traffic.
Expanding Response Options
A Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by the
Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force
To explore Low-Visibility & Night-time Oil Spill Response Operations
April 11, 2006
San Rafael, California
(pdf file, 98kb...)
The Task Force is compiling information on regulations applying to pipeline oil spill prevention as well as pipeline oil spill preparedness and response. In the first phase, we collected information on the
DEFINITIONS used by various state, provincial, and federal agencies to govern pipelines.
(pdf file, 110kb...)
Summary notes of the March, 2005 Roundtable on Spills from Trucks include photos, speaker presentations, and comments from Roundtable participants.
(pdf file, , 10 MB... very large!)
Based on this Roundtable, Task Force member agencies have compiled which can improve truck spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
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A compilation of West Coast and US Coast Guard oil transfer regulations.
(pdf file, 129)
Summary Notes - On Board with Cruise Ship Pollution Prevention - A Public Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, January 21 2004, San Diego California
(pdf file, 882k)
February 6, 2007
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Executive Summary: After the T/V Prestige incident off the coast of Spain in late 2002, the Members of the Pacific
States/BC Oil Spill Task Force recognized the possibility that a Place of Refuge incident could
happen on the US/Canadian West Coast as well...
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Project Charter drafted by the Workgroup and signed by the Co-Chairs
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July 23 2003
The Task Force has adopted this list of "essential elements" of any contingency plan. These elements are organized under the headings of Planning Procedures, Plan Contents, Response Planning Standards, and Prevention Plans.
(pdf file, 212k)
This table describes current Certificate of Financial Responsibility requirements for vessels, tank barges, and facilities as set by the Task Force member agencies.
read entire article (pdf file, 64k)
Operators of large commercial vessels and tank barges agreed to rank a set of "best industry practices" on the basis of which practices they considered most effective in preventing oil spills for both large vessels and tank barges. This report outlines the results. The Task Force will now focus this project on promoting dialogue on these practices across a broad range of maritime operators on the West Coast.
(pdf file, 120k)
The West Coast Offshore Vessel Traffic Risk Management (WCOVTRM) Project was initiated by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force in response to concerns that both tank and non-tank vessels transiting the Pacific Coast could pose a risk to sensitive coastal resources from oil or hazardous cargo spills caused by collisions or drift groundings.
Oil Spill Research and Development Projects Recommended by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force February, 2002.
(pdf file, 120k)
This Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Roundtable was sponsored by the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force,
in February of 2002 and moderated by Roger Helm, Chief, NRDA & Spill Response, USFW Region 1. Linda Burlington, Senior Counselor for Damage Assessment at NOAA provided the keynote address. Trustee/industry panels discussed injury assessment and damage determination, plus settlements and restoration.
(pdf file, 448k)
Following the 1998 Spill of National Significance (SONS) drill in Valdez, Alaska, the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force facilitated a national effort focused on updating the 1996 Oil Spill Field Operations Guide (FOG). The FOG Update Project Workgroup included state representatives, the US Coast Guard, Minerals Management Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and EPA. Numerous oil industry representatives, contractors, and transporters also participated. The Workgroup produced this report and a revised Oil Spill FOG in 2000.
(pdf file, 508k)
Two panels of experts focused on Spill Response Equipment Inventories and Response Equipment Mobility. Key points from the Roundtable discussion are presented here.
(pdf file, 340k)
The project report includes matrices outlining regulatory gaps and redundancies between state and federal authorities governing spill prevention during construction, operation, and maintenance of both inter- and intra-state petroleum product pipelines in the Task Force jurisdictions. The Project Report also recommends guidelines for interagency coordination efforts.
(pdf file, 3.9m)
The Integrated Vessel Response Planning Project was proposed by representatives of the oil shipping industry to the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force in June of 1996. The Task Force Members agreed to participate and adopted the project as Spill Preparedness and Response Task #1 in their 1996/97 workplan.
The project workgroup included industry representatives, representatives of the Task Force member agencies, and representatives of the US Coast Guard. In October of 1997 the Workgroup adopted a voluntary Integrated Vessel Response Plan (IVRP) format based on the key elements of the US Coast Guard Vessel Response Plan. This format allows correlation with state planning requirements as well as the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) required by the Canadian Coast Guard.
(pdf file, 276k)
This Integrated Format is provided as a voluntary option. Use of this guidance matrix does not relieve a plan holder from ensuring that all agency requirements are complied with in developing an oil spill contingency plan. It is important that plan holders provide clear and accurate cross-references which demonstrate compliance with all applicable contingency planning regulations.
(pdf file, 108k)
This report reviews the status of ISB and dispersant-use policies on the West Coast and identifies barriers - if any - to implementation of the 1995 Recommendations regarding use of alternative response recommendations.
(pdf file, 516k)
This project report describes efforts and recommendations focused on identifying a set of spill reporting factors and terms to be used consistently among our member agencies to generate compatible information describing the what? when? and where? of spill incidents as well as in-depth knowledge of spill causes (the how? and why?). It also includes recommendations on developing a training program to assure consistent information collection.
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In the first phase of this project a survey was sent to 28 pilot organizations and governing boards/authorities on the West Coast. In the second phase of the project, a diverse set of stakeholders assisted the Task Force in reviewing the survey responses, discussing the issues raised, and drafting recommendations to improve the safety of pilotage.
(pdf file, 640k)
This report to the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force compiles recommendations to prevent human error oil spills from oil-handling facilities, marinas and boatyards, tankers and tank barge tow vessels, and bunkering operations.
(pdf file, 496k)
Two workgroups sponsored by the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force produced a joint report to the Task Force Members in 1995 on the issues surrounding the use of dispersants and in situ burning as spill response tools. The report discussed environmental trade-offs and related concerns, and described the status of dispersant-use and in-situ burn policies in place at that time in Task Force jurisdictions.
(pdf file, 484k)
The Drills and Exercises Project Workgroup reviewed individual drill and exercise program requirements and found them consistent with one another and with the U.S. National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP).The workgroup also developed guidelines for granting credits to contingency plan holders for drills conducted in one Task Force Member jurisdiction which could satisfy a portion of their drill/exercise obligations in another Member's jurisdiction.
(pdf file, 144k)
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The 1990 Final Report of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is available in hardcopy only.
Please contact the Task Force Executive Coordinator for copies.