A March 22 vessel collision in Galveston Bay, Texas, resulted in an oil spill of approximately 168,000 gallons. As of March 27 as predicted, strong southerly winds stranded much of the offshore oil overnight in the Matagorda region and these onshore winds are expected to bring ashore the remaining floating oil off Matagorda Island by Friday morning.
Articles from March 27, 2014
OR&R Outreach is offering Crisis and Risk Communication (CERC) training to take place on April 2, 2014 in NOAA Building 9 on the Seattle/Sand Point campus. The training will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is free to all participants (not limited to OR&R) and is open to any NOAA staff in Seattle that day.
First developed in 2002 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CERC training is a fast-paced, interactive course that gives participants essential knowledge and tools to navigate the harsh realities of communicating to the public, media, partners and stakeholders during an emergency.
Starting on March 22, Adam Davis has been serving as Lead NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator on the recent Texas City Y Incident in Galveston Bay.
In support of the Texas City Y Oil Spill response, OR&R chemist Dalina Thrift-Viveros used an ADIOS model to predict how much of the spilled oil evaporated, how much mixed in to the water column, and how much remains floating on the surface.
On March 22, NOAA awarded the “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” to eighth-grader, Julius Ball-Heldman, at the District of Columbia Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair.
NOAA and our co-trustees have finalized an addendum to the Final Restoration Plan summarizing the restoration projects selected to compensate for habitat degradation related to releases of hazardous substances from the Mattiace Petrochemical Site located on the north shore of Long Island in Glen Cove, NY.
During the week of March 24, nearly 45 spill responders from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), EPA, and numerous federal, tribal, state, local and industry partners are being introduced to the use of science during oil spills through table-top and field exercises as well as classroom instruction.
Ken Finkelstein, coach of the Marblehead, Massachusetts High School National Ocean Science Bowl team, led his students to their first winning record at the Massachusetts regional tournament (The Blue Lobster Bowl) on March 1, 2014 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.