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Spill Scene: Headed to the 2011 International Oil Spill Conference

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2011 International Oil Spill Conference bannerNext week (May 23-26) is the 2011 International Oil Spill Conference in Portland, Oregon.  This conference is held every three years in the U.S., and we’re lucky that it is close to our office here in Seattle.  A bunch of us from Seattle will be heading down, and we’ll meet colleagues from across the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The mission of this conference is to “contribute to and enable a culture of preparedness within the oil spill response community” and beyond.

On that note, I will be chairing a session on pollution threats from sunken shipwrecks.  There are also sessions on the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, Arctic response issues, case studies on other incidents, dispersants and other technologies, economic considerations, and natural resource damages and restoration.  In addition to the presentations on science and policy issues, there is also a big trade show exhibiting response equipment and technology from around the world.  For more information, see

Keep an eye out next week because we’ll be posting a few updates from the conference.

Author: doughelton

Doug Helton is the Regional Operations Supervisor for the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, and Great Lakes and also serves as the Incident Operations Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Emergency Response Division. The Division provides scientific and technical support to the Coast Guard during oil and chemical spill responses. The Division is based in Seattle, WA, but manages NOAA response efforts nationally.

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