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In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico spill of 2010, industry mobilized itself and launched four Joint Industry Task Forces (JITFs) to critically assess capabilities and performance. Each JITF brought forth subject matter experts to identify best practices in offshore drilling operations and oil spill response and to share that knowledge across industry. The goal is to ensure environmental protection through enhanced safety.

The Oil Spill Preparedness and Response JITF examined industry’s ability to respond to a “Spill of National Significance (SONS)” and the actual response to the Gulf of Mexico spill. This program consists of the following seven work-streams:

  • Spill Response Planning
  • Oil Sensing and Tracking
  • Dispersant
  • In-Situ Burning
  • Mechanical Recovery
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Alternative Response Technologies
  • Inland

VIDEO: Dispersant’s Role in Biodegradation

Spill Response Planning

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API Training and Exercise Guidelines
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Guidelines for Offshore Oil Spill Response Plans
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Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders
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Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA)

Oil Sensing and Tracking

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Remote Sensing in Support of Oil Spill Response

Dispersants

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Dispersants Fact Sheet 1 - Introduction to Dispersants
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 2 - Dispersants and Human Health and Safety
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 3 - Fate of Oil and Weathering
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 4 - Toxicity and Dispersants
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 5 - Dispersant Use Approvals in the United States
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 6 - Trade Offs
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 7 - Aerial Vessel
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Dispersants Fact Sheet 8 – Subsea and Point Source Dispersant Operations
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Dispersant Fact Sheet 9 – Dispersant Use & Regulation Timeline
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Dispersant Fact Sheet 10 – Dispersant Use in the Arctic Environment
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Industry Recommended Sub-sea Dispersants
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Dispersant Enews Jan 2013
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The Role of Dispersants in Oil Spill Response
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SINTEF Dispersants Effectiveness Report – Phase I
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SINTEF Dispersants Effectiveness Report - Phase II
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SINTEF Dispersants Effectiveness Report – Phase III
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Dispersants Fact Sheet Series Combined
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Aerial and Vessel Dispersant Preparedness and Operations Guide, API Technical Report 1148

In-Situ Burning

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Field Operations Guide for In-situ Burning of Inland Oil Spills, API Technical Report 1251
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Field Operations Guide for In-situ Burning of On-Water Oil Spills, API Technical Report 1252
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In-Situ Burning - The Fate of Burned Oil

Mechanical Recovery

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Deepwater Horizon Mechanical Recovery System Evaluation

Shoreline Protection

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Oil Spills in Marshes
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Subsurface Oil Detection Report
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Subsurface Oil Detection Field Guide
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Subsurface Oil Detection and Delineation in Shoreline Sediments Phase 2 — Final Report
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Shoreline Protection on Sand Beaches (aka Berms and Barriers) Report
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Shoreline Protection on Sand Beaches (aka Berms and Barriers) Guide
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Mechanized Cleanup of Sand Beaches Report
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Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies (TIPS) Report
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Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies (TIPS) Field Guide
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Biodegradation & Bioremediation on Sand Beaches Report
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Canine Oil Detection Field Trials Report
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Canine Oil Detection (K9 SCAT) Guidelines
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Mechanical Treatment of Sand Beaches Historical Report
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Shoreline In Site Treatment Fact Sheet
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Shoreline In Site Treatment Job Aid
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Shoreline In Situ Treatment Report

Alternative Response Technologies

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Evaluation of the Alternative Response Technology Evaluation System (ARTES)

Inland

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Sunken Oil Detection and Recovery Technical Report
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Sunken Oil Detection and Recovery Field Guide

Latest Reports

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API JITF Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Newsletter 2014
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API JITF Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Newsletter 2013
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Analysis of U.S. Oil Spillage