December 5-7, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

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Track 2: Response


Session 2A: Focusing on a Safety Culture

Tuesday, November 01 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session covers health and safety topics often faced on emergency response job sites as presented by speakers with direct experience on each topic. Session speakers will cover how a strong safety culture delivers safe behavior by employees and contractors during an event, how the fatigue of multiple days or weeks of response sites impact the health of responders, and APIs document on safety during in-situ burn operations.
Chair:
Cory Davis, Principal Consultant and Senior Vice President,
Co-Chair:
Val Garner, Vice President - Environmental Health and Safety,
Speakers: Safety Culture and its Impact on Emergency Response- OSRO’s Perspective
Abstract
Steve Pelna, MS, CSP, Vice President,
  API In-Situ Burn Guidance for Safety Officers and Safety and Health Professionals
Abstract
Chris Kuhlman, Ph.D., Project Toxicologist,
  RP 98, Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders
Abstract
Val Garner, Vice President - Environmental Health and Safety,
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Session 2B: Joint Coast Guard - Marine Industry Salvage and Marine Firefighting

Wednesday, November 02 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will provide an open forum for the discussion of salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) issues, including those of particular concern to the Coast Guard. Effective and timely SMFF response remains the first line of pollution prevention and mitigation. Discussion of the challenges faced by both Coast Guard and industry to ensure such response is an important and timely subject.
Chair:
Jim Calhoun, Manager, Regulatory Affairs,
Co-Chair:
Jim Elliott, President/COO,
Panelists:
Jonas Lyborg, Sales Manager,
 
Ed Turner, Director, Response Operations,
 
Jim Elliott, President/COO,
 
Jeff Johnson, Training and Response Coordinator,
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Session 2C: Case Studies that Offer a Unique Storyline

Wednesday, November 02 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will cover a broad range of unique actions that have occurred within a release: in-situ burn, managing vessel crisis, cliff face remediation, and differentiating seep oil from spill oil.
Chair:
Keith Nichols, Ecological Program Manager,
Moderator:
Afton Shelton, Crisis Management Coordinator,
Speakers: Long-Term Restoration Results Following the Octave Bulkline Header Spill Incident
Abstract
Scott Miles, Ph.D., Senior Rersearch Engineer,
  Cliff-Face Remediation Case Study
Abstract
Tom Crosby PG, CEG, CHG, Principal Engineering Geologist,
  Managing a Potentially Explosive Vessel
Abstract
Paige Doelling Ph.D., Scientific Support Coordinator,
Co-Author(s):
Nicole Rodriguez, CDR, U.S. Coast Guard 8th District
  Differentiating Seep and Spill Oil: A Multiple Line of Evidence Approach
Abstract
Pamela Neubert, Ph.D., Director Marine Science – New England Practice,
Co-Author(s):
Wade Bryant, Senior Scientist, CK Associates LLC
Keith Nichols, Ecological Program Manager, CK Associates LLC
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Session 2D: Integrating Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) into a Response

Wednesday, November 02 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will cover NRDA and how it currently is and should be integrated with response activities in the Incident Command System (ICS). The importance of early data collection and implementing response tactics that will minimize environmental impacts will be discussed.
Chair:
Greg Minnery, Environmental Scientist,
Speaker: Agency Perspective Incorporating NRDA and Response
Abstract
Karolien Debusschere, Deputy Coordinator,
  Data Collection Implications for Damage Assessment
Abstract
Jeff Wakefield Ph.D, Senior Consultant/Principal,
  Expedited Natural Resource Damage Assessments for Small Oil Spills
Abstract
Marty Cramer, Principal Consultant,
Co-Author(s):
Chris Pfeifer, Senior Principal, Cardno
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Session 2E: Understanding Incident Complexity: Right Sizing the Response Organization

Thursday, November 03 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will examine the specific factors that drive incident complexity in today’s response environment. Additionally, it will offer the perspective from government officials on organizational expectations. Finally the session will provide considerations on keeping the organization “right sized” during the three primary phases of a response: escalation, stabilization/maturation, and de-escalation.
Chair:
Barbara Parker, EM Science and Advocacy Manager - PTS Emergency Mgmt,
Speakers: Understanding the Complexity of Factors that Affect a Response
Abstract
Ron Cantin, President,
  State Government Expectations for the Response Organization
Abstract
John Johnson, Director, Office of Emergency Response,
  Federal Government Expectations for the Response Organization
Abstract
Chris Russell, Federal On Scene Coordinator,
  Keeping the Response Organization Right-Sized throughout the Life of the Response
Abstract
Fred Sparks, Emergency Response Advisor,
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Session 2F: Understanding the Role of the Responsible Party: From a State and Federal Regulatory Perspective

Thursday, November 03 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will provide the attendees the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Responsible Party’s (RP’s) role during a response. The panel will consist of state and federal officials discussing their perspectives as it pertains to the RP’s role. This session will allow attendees the chance to directly interact with the officials they would be working with during a response.
Chair:
Chris Russell, Federal On Scene Coordinator,
Co-Chair:
John Johnson, Director, Office of Emergency Response,
Panelists:
Grady Springer, Environmental Scientist Sr./Emergency Response Coordinator,
 
John Johnson, Director, Office of Emergency Response,
 
Steve Buschang, Director of Research and Development State Scientific Support Coordinator,
 
Ernie Shirley, Environmental Scientist IV,
 
Karolien Debusschere*, Deputy Coordinator,
 
CDR Randall Brown, Deputy Sector Commander,
 
Chris Russell, Federal On Scene Coordinator,
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Session 2G: Wildlife Issues

Thursday, November 03 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Room 18/19
This session will focus on case histories of wildlife response issues from spills – looking at details like how and why. Presenters will show how wildlife data and meta data is collected and made useful to the response as it unfolds. Also included in the session will be Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and how the process works from a Responsible Party (RP) perspective.
Chair:
Andy Tirpak, Principal,
Co-Chair:
Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director,
Speakers: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Representative to "Level" the Field During Response
Abstract
Barry Forsythe, Ph.D., National Oil Spill Coordinator,
  Rehabilitation Center and Release Data Collection for Oiled Wildlife Response
Abstract
Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director,
Co-Author(s):
J. Jill Heatley, Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University
  Field Data Collection for Oiled Wildlife Response
Abstract
Rhonda Murgatroyd, Managing Director,
  Responsible Party and Wildlife
Abstract
Richard Woods, Env Scientist,
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* - This speaker has been invited to speak at CLEAN GULF 2016, but is not yet confirmed.