The unique logistics of responding to an oil spill in the extreme and remote Arctic environment drive to the heart of why OR&R GIS specialists Jill Bodnar and Zachary Winters-Staszak are currently on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, at the edge of the sea ice north of Alaska.
Articles from August 22, 2014
The week of August 18, 2014, the OR&R participated in a worst-case oil discharge exercise for the Shell Harbor Island Oil Terminal in downtown Seattle.
The exercise simulated a response to a spill of over 60,000 barrels of marine diesel oil from the Shell facility into the West Duwamish Waterway and Elliot Bay.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program announced funding during the week of August 18, 2014, for 10 new Prevention through Education and Outreach partners across the country. The Marine Debris Program has provided $500,000 to launch these partnership projects ranging from education for fishers to social marketing and awareness campaigns.
On August 19, 2014, NOAA was very pleased to host students enrolled at the Native Youth Enrichment Program at the University of Washington.
On August 18, 2014, OR&R Senior Scientist Alan Mearns met with two professors funded by NOAA Sea Grant to evaluate the economic benefits vs. environmental impacts of marinas and boat harbors.
Pre-assessment Data Report on Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike Oil Discharge in Louisiana and Texas
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike made landfall on September 1 and 12, 2008, respectively. High winds and waves associated with the passage of these storms caused a number of discharges of oil from damaged facilities, tanks, and pipelines along the coasts of Louisiana and Texas and in deeper waters offshore.
M/V Cape Flattery Vessel Grounding Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment Released for Public Comment
On August 15, 2014, NOAA and fellow Trustees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Hawaii, working on the restoration of natural resources injured by the M/V Cape Flattery vessel grounding, released a Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Draft DARP/EA), opening a 30-day public comment period.