Wednesday, September 21, 2011: 1:45 PM-3:00 PM
This presentation will discuss how lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are being applied to contingency plans for future oil-drilling in foreign waters off the Florida coast. This includes updating Contingency Plans with increased federal, state, local, NGO and tribal authority involvement. Unique geopolitical and oceanographic factors, in combination with Deepwater Horizon lessons learned, have driven the Seventh Coast Guard District to develop a new plan to coordinate response strategies in the offshore environment, including: mechanical recovery, surface burning, and dispersant operations. Additionally, a "Worst Case Discharge" planning scenario for spills from offshore facilities will be discussed.
Educational Level: Intermediate
William Baumgartner, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral