Category: Good practice Guides for Practioners Oil spills


Oil Spill – Preparedness and Response

Author: IPIECA
Date: 2008

Summary The IPIECA Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Report Series Summary brings together, for the first time, the complete IPIECA oil spill report series under one cover. It provides a complete overview of issues that can be referenced in the preparation for, and response to, oil spills at sea. The core content of this publication is made up of report summaries which reference the full report series contained on the CD-ROM in English, French, Spanish and Russian. Arabic and Chinese language sets are planned for the future. The 17 reports in the series focus on the biological impacts of spills on sensitive environments and other general and specific aspects of


BP accepts responsibility for Gulf oil spill

Author: Simon Bowers - guardian.co.uk
Date: Sunday 2 May 2010

British oil and gas group’s chief executive says it accepts role as ‘responsible party’ for clean-up BP was fighting to save its reputation in the US, insisting the response effort was “the largest ever mobilised anywhere in the world”. The British oil and gas group, still bitterly remembered for the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and for environmentally damaging pipeline leaks in Alaska, is reaching out to Louisiana communities, establishing town hall meetings and places for volunteers to enrol. It is also working with the local shipping community to make sure as many vessels as possible are available to help with the response effort. DOWNLOAD: BP accepts


Alaska massive oil spill

Author: BBC News
Date: Saturday 11 March 2006

An oil spill discovered at Prudhoe Bay field is the largest ever on Alaska’s North Slope region, US officials say. They estimate that up to 267,000 gallons (one million litres) of crude leaked from a corroded transit pipeline at the state’s northern tip. The spill was detected on 2 March and plugged. Local environmentalists have described it as “a catastrophe”. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez shipping disaster spilled 11m gallons (42m litres) of oil onto the Alaskan coast. DOWNLOAD: Alaska massive oil spill – March 2006


Global Initiative Oil Spill Response

Author: IPIECA
Date: June 2012

While the oil and gas industry works to prevent oil spills, it also remains prepared by developing comprehensive contingency plans in cooperation with governments. These ensure a rapid response to anticipate and minimize the impacts of oil spills. DOWNLOAD: Global Initiative Oil Spill Response


Community impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Author: Stephen R. Braund and Jack Kruse
Date: May 2009

Overview: The oil spilled in Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) was produced onshore at Prudhoe Bay. The size of the spill was 50 times larger than the largest spill considered in OCS scenarios. It is fair to say that no one imagined that so much oil could be spilled in one event. Unfortunately, however, 11 million gallons of oil did spill from a tanker into the offshore environment. That said, the fact that EVOS occurred does not mean that it constitutes the best high-end scenario for an OCS-related oil spill. Smaller spills are far more likely, particularly given the attention paid to avoiding a repeat of EVOS. For this reason,