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January 29, 2013
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Four Decades of Research on Oil Spill Prevention, Response & Restoration Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2013 ─ API Director of Marine and Security Issues Robin Rorick announced today the launch of, a new website that hosts research papers presented every three years at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC). The site will enable greater sharing of best practices and latest technologies among industry, government and other stakeholders, as well as promote safe operations around the world.

“Safety is the oil and gas industry’s number one priority,” said Rorick. “The IOSC Proceedings represent more than 40 years of research into oil spill prevention, response and restoration. Putting this treasure trove of information online makes the latest information, data and research available in the widest possible manner.”

First held in 1969, the IOSC provides an open public forum for professionals from the international community, the private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations to highlight and discuss innovations and best practices across the spectrum of prevention, preparedness, response and restoration. Peer-reviewed papers presented at each conference are then published in the IOSC Proceedings. Online for the first time ever, this new database provides free access to more than 3,000 articles containing information and perspectives available nowhere else.

Permanent sponsors of the triennial IOSC include API, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.