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

2016 Training Workshops

NOTICE – some workshops were cancelled 30 days out from Clean Gulf due to not meeting minimum registration


Oil Spill Response 101 and Exploring the Role of Environmental Research during Response
Tuesday, November 1, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration fee: no charge, sponsored by API






Oil spill response incorporates Incident Command System (ICS), which is a long-standing emergency management process that is scalable and flexible based on the emergency needs, with a well-defined structure and detailed understanding of responder roles and responsibilities. Overall oil spill response strategies are also well defined: monitor, mechanical, in situ burn and dispersants. Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) is the process by which response technologies are evaluated and used throughout a response. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health. The concept for this workshop is taken from the existing oil spill response training courses provided to government and industry responders, a ‘mini course’. A further goal of the workshop is to share the ICS and NEBA processes used during an oil spill response with academic researchers to discuss the potential role of research in a response. Presentations will be provided by government and industry responders, as well as GoMRI-sponsored researchers.


  • Promote understanding of oil spill response activities
  • Discuss the current role of science data in response
  • Foster relationships between the research and response community
  • Discuss the appropriate role of academic research in a response
  • Understand role of ‘operational research’ in response

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for anyone who may be relatively new to oil spill response, but is designed for academic researchers and environmental professionals with a potential role in a response event.


Brad Benggio, Scientific Support Coordinator, NOAA OR&R

Victoria Broje, Ph.D., Emergency Response Specialist, Shell Exploration & Production Company

Tom Coolbaugh, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientific Associate, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

Charlie Henry, Director, GoM Disaster Response Center, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ed Levine, Scientific Support Coordinator, NOAA – NOS/OR&R/ERD

Andy Tirpak, Assessment Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife

David Palandro, Ph.D., Engineering Associate, ExxonMobio Upstream Research Company

Sherryl Gilbert, C-IMAGE II, Assistant Director, USF College of Marine Science

Michael Hunt, Emergency Response Advisory, Chevron


Workshop: Emerging Homeland Security Challenges

Tuesday, November 1, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: No charge; sponsored by and DomPrep Journal









This workshop will present and discuss clear and present homeland threats and security issues, including:

  • Risk management practices
  • Enhancing interagency interdependencies
  • Vulnerabilities for CBRNE incidents
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Border security challenges
  • Consequence of failure

Who Should Attend

  • Members of the Department of Defense; Department of Homeland Security; Environmental Protection Agency
  • State and local emergency management, environmental response, and first responders (including law enforcement, fire departments, and hazardous materials teams)
  • Port authorities, facility and vessel security officers, contingency and business continuity planners
  • Contractors involved in security and emergency response


Joseph Leonard, Jr., MEP, PCP, CEM, CHS-V (CDR, USCG, ret.), Senior Consultant—Emergency Response & Crisis Management, Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health (CTEH), LLC