OBG Conducts Environmental Unit Short Course at IOSC with NOAA and CA OSPR

Submitted by SCAA Member Lawrence Malizzi, OBG

Lyle Trumbull and Kyle Kolwaite of OBG, John Tarpley and Paige Doelling of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Corey Kong of the California Office of Oil Spill Preparedness and Response (CAOSPR) conducted a half-day Environmental Unit (EU) short course during the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, CA in May.  The course focused on the fundamental requirements and duties of the Environmental Unit Leader (EUL) within the EU as it pertains to operating within the Incident Command System (ICS).  The is EU is located within the Planning Section and is often tasked with supporting the response effort by identifying resources at risk, managing the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) program, leading Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 Consultations, waste management, community air monitoring, and collectively managing environmental stakeholder issues.  A unique aspect of the course was that the attendees were polled in the beginning of the course which allowed them to choose the order in which the above listed topics were presented.  This lead to a lively discussion and a focus on the topics of most interest to the attendees.  Course attendees included representatives from domestic and international oil and gas companies, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and international government agencies.