The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) partnered with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) and UNH’s Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) to plan and facilitate an in-person workshop on the NOAA WRC in Seattle, WA. This event entitled “Shoreline Oil Spill Response Knowledge Gaps and Technological Development Opportunities” identified knowledge gaps and opportunities regarding technologies and scientific research associated with oil spill shoreline response. This effort included the exploration of the current state of the science of oil spill research associated with impacts of crude oil to shoreline environments and identified countermeasures and response alternatives that may become part of the oil spill response toolbox. The specific objectives of the workshop were:

  • Develop a literature review of the state of the science regarding impacts, preparedness and responses strategies and technologies associated with oil spills on shorelines (i.e., oils from offshore facilities including crude oil and dielectric fluids).
  • Identify gaps in the current state of science regarding impacts of crude oil and dielectric fluids from offshore facilities.
  • Identify operational constraints of shoreline techniques.

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