Division of Spill Prevention and Response


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Rick Bernhardt
email: Rick.Bernhardt@alaska.gov

Containment and Cleanup
Non-Mechanical  Response Techniques
Fate and Effects
Contingency Planning and Preparedness
Training and Spill Management Systems
Spill  Prevention




Tundra Treatment Manual

Literature review, evaluation of Alaska North Slope cleanups, and development of wetland tundra cleanup guidelines.

Status: Complete


Field Guide for Oil Spill Response in Arctic Waters
Environment Canada

Development of a guide for cleanup of oiled Arctic shorelines.

Status: Complete


Optimizing Hydraulic Cleaning Techniques for Oiled Coarse Sediment Beaches, Meso-scale Field Trials, Final Report

Environment Canada, Emergencies Science Division

Evaluation of the effectiveness of various response methods used on a pipeline spill.

Status: Complete

View Summary (PDF 166K)





Smoke Plume Trajectory from In Situ Burning of Crude Oil in Alaska -- Field Experiments and Modeling of Complex Terrain

K. B. McGrattan, H. R. Baum, W. D. Walton, and J. Trelles

Refinements to Alaska's in-situ burn predictive model and application for regulatory approval by EPA.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 78K)

Efficacy of Burning Alaska North Slope Crude
Alaska Clean Seas

Laboratory-scale testing and evaluation of the use of emulsion breakers to enhance the window of opportunity for ignition and in situ burning of four Alaska crude oils based on emulsion burning studies initiated in Alaska in 1994.

Status: Complete

Emulsion Breaker Research
Alaska Clean Seas

Construction of a wave tank in Alaska to conduct mid-scale emulsion ignition and burn tests with Alaska North Slope crude oil.

Status: Complete

No Report

Fireproof Boom Technology
Minerals Management Service

Development and testing of stainless steel fireproof boom.

Status: Complete

Dispersion of Emulsified Oils at Sea -- Laboratory Study

L. Davies, A. Lewis, T. Lunel, A. Crosbie
AEA Technology, Nation Environmental Technology Centre

Offshore field testing of multiple applications of Corexit 9500 dispersant to evaluate its effectiveness on weathered Alaska North Slope crude and other heavy fuel oils.

Status: Complete

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Oil Spill Dispersant Workshop
U.S. Coast Guard

Development of a conference on dispersant application in Alaska.

Status: Complete

DRAFT Standard Air Modeling/Monitoring Operating Procedures for In Situ Oil Spill Burns
Washington Department of Ecology

Participation in the testing of in-situ burning techniques off the Washington coast and development of an air-quality operations manual.

Status: Complete

View Report (without appendices)
(PDF 99K)

Effectiveness Testing For COREXIT 9500 On Alaska North Slope Crude Oil In Prince William Sound Seawater At 8C

Laboratory testing and evaluation of mixing, temperature and other selected parameters that affect the effectiveness of dispersant application in Alaska waters.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 375K)




Assessment of Freshwater Biodegradation Potential of Oils Commonly Transported in Alaska

S. Blenkinsopp, Z. Wang, J. Foght, D.W.S. Westlake, G. Sergy,
M. Fingas, M. Landriault, L. Sigouin and K. Semple

Prepared by Environment Canada for Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Determination of the biodegradability potential of common Alaskan oils in a freshwater environment.

Status: Complete

Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance and Ecological Receptors and Indicators for Risk Assessments
Shannon & Wilson

Review of risk assessment guidelines and development of parameters for the use of ecological receptors and indicators in the 20 currently identified Alaska ecoregions.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 477K)

General Guidance for Selecting Petroleum Hydrocarbon Field Screen Methods

Prepared by IT Corporation and US ARMY Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Evaluation of the reliability of petroleum field-test kits under Alaskan conditions and comparison with laboratory confirmation tests.

Status: Complete

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excluding tables
(PDF 36K)

Part 1: Acute Toxicity Of The Oil Dispersant COREXIT 9500, And Fresh And Weathered Alaska North Slope Crude Oil To The Alaskan Tanner Crab (C. bairdi), Two Standard Test Species, And V. fischeri (MICROTOX® Assay)

Part 2: Assessment Of Alaskan Marine Species For Toxicity Tests

Prepared by University of Alaska Fairbanks

Expansion of ongoing toxicity tests to include weathered oil and dispersant mixtures.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 1.7 MB)

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(PDF 172 K)

Biodegradation of Dispersed Oil Using Corexit 9500

J. E. Lindstrom, D. M. White, and J. F. Braddock, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Laboratory tests on the biodegradation of dispersed oil.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 372K)

Biodegradability of Chemically-Dispersed Oil

AEA Technology Environment
Louise Davies, Fabien Daniel, Richard Swannell, Joan Braddock

Determination of the fate and effects of chemically dispersed oil at sea through field and laboratory tests.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 487K)




Cleanup Alternatives for Alaska
McDowell Group, Inc.

Identify and evaluate alternative regulatory regimes and approaches for spill response and cleanup and the cost/benefit of each.

Status: Complete

Northern Alaska Shoreline Mapping
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Survey and inventory of available data for environmental sensitivity mapping of the northern Alaska coastline.

Status: Complete

Maps available from NOAA, John Whitney, 907-271-3593

Prince William Sound Environmental Sensitivity Mapping
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Update of available data for environmental sensitivity maps of Prince William Sound.

Status: Complete

Maps available from NOAA, John Whitney, 907-271-3593

Southeast Alaska Environmental Sensitivity Mapping
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Update of available data for environmental sensitivity maps of Southeast Alaska.

Status: Complete

Maps available from NOAA, John Whitney, 907-271-3593

Identification and Evaluation of Remote Sensing Technologies for Oil Spills in Alaska

A. M. Sienkiewicz and W. J. Stringer, Prism Environmental

Evaluation of available remote sensing options and determination of the most cost-effective system for use in Alaska.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 7K)

Evaluation of Forestry Call Out System for Oil Spill Response
E-Tech Inc.

Assessment of the Alaska Division of Forestry call-out system for applicability to oil spill responder emergency mobilization.

Status: Complete

Geographic Response Plan - Northern Lynn Canal, Haines to Skagway

Prepared by Shannon & Wilson for Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Analysis of equipment and manpower needs to establish a plan to protect sensitive nearshore resources in upper Lynn Canal.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 23K)

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(excluding appendices)
(PDF 203K)

Cook Inlet Geographic Response Strategies

Establishment of a stakeholder forum to address strategies to protect sensitive nearshore resources in middle and lower Cook Inlet.

Status: Complete

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Prince William Sound Drill Simulator
PWS Community College

Acquisition and development of a system for conducting simulated spill responses.

Status: Complete

Information on Simulator available from PWSCC

Data Repository Design Pilot Project
Resource Data, Inc.

Analysis of existing databases and data-management practices to determine feasibility of a client/server system for spill prevention/response.

Status: Complete




Technical Review of Secondary Containment System Technology for Alaska

Golder Associates

Development of procedures for testing permeability of proposed secondary containment methods for bulk fuel storage facilities.

Status: Complete

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(PDF 24K)

Technical Review of Leak Detection Technologies

Prepared by Oasis Environmental for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Evaluation of the effectiveness of technology currently in use in Alaska to detect leaks.

Status: Complete

View Report Vol. I
(PDF 88K)

View Report Vol. II
(PDF 144K)