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Inland Oil Spill Workshop 2017

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Save the Date! Week of October 2, 2017

Elastec’s 5th Inland Oil Spill Workshop will be held in Carmi, Illinois and New Harmony, Indiana the week of October 2, 2017. This year’s theme is RIVER SPILL! The purpose of the workshop is for participants to experience equipment in on-water exercises and to learn inland response tactics from experienced industry experts. Our workshops appeal to new and seasoned oil spill responders, emergency service organizations and first responder firefighters. The price is $950 per person. Travel, lodging and some meals are additional.

Workshop 2017 also qualifies as an 8-hour Hazwoper refresher course. Our workshops have been sold out each year. Space is limited to accommodate classroom size and safe on-water exercises. To guarantee a seat, we strongly encourage registration with payment before March 24th. Paid registrations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

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“River Spill!”
Workshop 2017 Preliminary Program Highlights

Putting Math and Science into Action: The Tactical Elements of Oil Spill Response – Joel Hogue

Joel HogueAt the intersection of mathematics and response tactics is safe, rapid and effective countermeasure deployment. The success of booming, anchoring and recovery is oftentimes determined in the first minutes of boots hitting the ground when an oil spill or release occurs. Understanding what, where and how to deploy countermeasures based on math and science is the foundation of saving time, money and impact.

Learn what it takes to change “guess and hope” to “understand and know” regarding booming, anchoring and recovery. The focus of this course is to give participants a real-world scenario and to demonstrate the tactical requirements for countermeasure deployment based on calculations that are designed to give responders the right answer the first time for effective booming, anchoring and recovery. This will be an interactive course with participants actively engaging in finding the answers to booming, anchoring and recovery questions.

Calculations and tactics to be presented include oil travel time and distance estimates. Various anchoring scenarios will be presented along with mooring load calculations, and boom and rope requirements. Boom deployment angles, estimating the number of skimmers required based on site conditions, and how calculations often indicate what tactic is required will also be covered.

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Temporary Storage and Disposal of Oil and Oily Waste – Mike Gass

Mike GassWaste management is frequently the least concern during the emergency phase of operations. However, as soon as oil and waste begin collecting, it may quickly exceed available tankage. Recovery operations must stop as temporary storage is filled and not transferred to secondary storage or final disposal.

Planning early for dealing with waste will ensure the response doesn’t halt, reducing the chance of bad publicity, and ensuring response personnel and equipment and optimised. The strategy adopted for the clean-up will dictate the type and quantity of waste generated. Waste planning should be part of a good contingency plan.

Temporary storage containers will be required initially to hold oil and waste recovered at the site. Secondly, a system to transfer the waste will be necessary. And finally, disposal of all oil and wastes collected must be made appropriately and legally. The efficiency of these operations can be increased by segregating waste streams. Within the Incident Command System, every Section Chief will have responsibilities to ensure successful, effective waste storage and disposal at every step.

Classroom exercises will include determination of waste generated by different scenarios and temporary storage requirements, and, a determination of maximum recovery based upon limited storage and transfer.

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Know Your River – Getting to a river spill can be challenging. Limited road access can slow down response time and difficult terrain can make equipment mobilization difficult. We’ll cover how to pre-determine access points, develop control points, read currents and flow patterns as well as how to select boats and response equipment for maximum performance and safety. Equipment: ATVs, UTVs, work boats, surveillance and response trailers.


Collecting the Oil – Skimming techniques and the various types of oil skimmer systems available will be discussed. Equipment: Various Skimmers Types, Pumps, Power Units

Questions? Contact Shon Mosier.


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