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OR&R Participates in an Industry-Led Oil Spill Exercise

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 ─ On November 3, a team of NOAA scientists from the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), and NOAA Fisheries participated in an industry-led oil spill exercise.  The scenario for the exercise, a deep-water well loss of control with a discharge significantly larger than that of Deepwater Horizon, provided an opportunity for the OR&R team to consider the processes associated with and potential environmental effects of using subsea dispersant injection (SSDI) as a response method. 

Masked group meeting in a conference room.
Image credit: NOAA.

Sea turtle and marine mammal specialists from NOAA Fisheries had the opportunity to test the recently published Regional Response Team 6 (RRT-6) Wildlife Response Plan WRP).  Lessons learned for the WRP will be included in the presentation about it during the Clean Gulf conference.  The entire exercise was conducted as an in-person/virtual hybrid, using Microsoft Teams as a meeting and document preparation platform, and WebIAP to develop the Incident Action Plan (IAP).  COVID safety protocols were in place for in-person Incident Command Post (ICP) personnel.

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