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.
Workshop 2017 Preliminary Program Highlights
Workshop 2017 Preliminary Program Highlights
Putting Math and Science into Action: The Tactical Elements of Oil Spill Response – Joel Hogue
At 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.Read more about Joel Hogue
Joel is president of Elemental Services and Consulting, Inc. (ESCO). Established in 2003, ESCO develops oil spill Tactical Response Plans – including equipment specification, response tactics and job aid development. ESCO’s GeoTactical Response PlansTM provide comprehensive “boots-on-the-ground” tactical protection for specific locations where it matters most. Mr. Hogue’s company also provides oil spill equipment design and testing as well as training and education on effective response tactics and techniques.
ESCO’s clients include pipelines, refineries, oil storage facilities, contractors and municipalities. Prior to establishing ESCO, Mr. Hogue held senior management positions with several environmental firms establishing successful spill response divisions within those companies. He has made numerous conference presentations as well as has taught various education and training classes throughout the U.S. and Canada. http://escoinfo.com/
Temporary Storage and Disposal of Oil and Oily Waste – Mike Gass
Waste 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.Read more about Mike Gass
The sole proprietor of Confident Backstop, Mike Gass is an oil spill response expert who provides consulting, training, and technical services to government and industry.
Retired in 2014, Mike was a Duty Manager, Technical Advisor, and Training Manager for Oil Spill Response, Ltd. USA (OSRL). Joining Clean Caribbean & Americas (CCA) in 1994 prior to the merge with OSRL, he has been providing oil spill preparedness and response courses, consulting, and exercises throughout the Caribbean and Latin America region for 20 years. Over this same time, Mike has responded to dozens of actual oil spills in the region, most significantly to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 serving as the Aerial Dispersant Group Air Operations Coordinator.
As CCA/OSRL Training Manager, Mike developed an Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Course (based at IMO Level 2) that he delivered over 50 times to more than 1500 government and industry participants. In support of the IPIECA/IMO Global Initiative, Mike provided instruction in over 30 IMO Level 1, 2, and 3 courses throughout the hemisphere for the IMO RAC REMPEITC-Carib regional Center. Several of these courses were delivered in Spanish. As the CCA technical expert of the Airborne Dispersant Delivery System (ADDS), Mike provided operational ground and flight training to operators, pilots, and technicians of the CCA and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Prior to joining the CCA/OSRL, Mike served in the United States Navy as an aviator, with over 5,000 flight hours and 500 arrested landings on fleet aircraft carriers around the world. He commanded an Advanced Strike Training Squadron, and served as Air Officer on the USS John F. Kennedy. With this solid aviation background, Mike has incorporated safety, logistics, and operations into his oil spill preparedness and response expertise. He holds an FAA Commercial Pilot license.
Mike has a BS degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MA degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College, and graduated from the Naval War College.
Since leaving OSRL in 2014 and under the “Confident Backstop” banner Mike has provided Oil Spill Training in British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guatemala (Spanish), Honduras (Spanish), Poland, Scotland, Suriname, and United States.
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.