Oil Spill Case Histories, 1967-1991: Summaries of Significant U.S. and International Spills   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (40 CFR Part 300), referred to subsequently as 'The National Contingency Plan' (NCP), is the principal Federal mechanism for operations pertaining to the identification, containment, and cleanup of releases of oil and hazardous substances in the coastal United States. NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] has the responsibility, under the NCP, to provide scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in planning for and responding to spill emergencies in the marine environment. Discussions between the USCG Research and Development Center and NOAA concluded that, by providing insights into past experiences, a database of oil spill case histories might be beneficial to the USCG, NOAA, and other agencies involved in spill response and contingency planning. These case histories, developed with significant funding and consultation from the USCG Research and Development Center, are intended as references to be read as planning aids for insights into scientific and operational decision-making, and to ensure that particular strategic elements are properly addressed in contingency planning. Although the files are configured for ready accessibility to details of particular spills, these case histories can be used for constructing hypothetical scenarios and for 'gaming' a spill, e.g., 'given the actual response to spill x, what would you do?' or 'what would you have done differently, and why?'"

Report Number:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Hazardous Response and Assessment Division Report No. HMRAD 92-11; NOAA/HMRAD Report No. HMRAD 92-11
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NOAA Office of Response and Restoration: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/
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