Oil Sands Products Forum & Working Group

Center for Spills in the Environment logo Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards

Oil Sands Products Forum & Working Group

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Seattle, WA

This event was sponsored by: Washington Dept of Ecology, Pacific States/B.C. Task Force, and Regional Response Team, Region 10 Northwest Area Committee.

Workshop Report here>>

Meeting Goals

  • Oil sands mining and refining process
  • Required specifications and the chemical composition of oil sands
  • Potential behavior and fate of oil sands when spilled in the marine environment
  • Case studies of oil sands and related product spills


  • For Informational Forum (Tuesday 16 April) here>>
  • For (Practitioners only) Working Group (Wednesday 17 April) here>>


Welcome, Background & Goals, Nancy Kinner, Center for Spills in the Environment
Oil Sands Overview and Natural Resource Development, Randy Mikula, Kalium Research
Characteristics of Oil Sands Products, Heather Dettman, Canmet Energy

Transportation of Oil Sands Products:
Rail Transport, Justin Piper, BNSF Railway
Pipeline Transport, Michael Davies, Kinder Morgan
Vessel Transport, Richard Lauer, Sause Bros, Inc
Fate, Behavior & Modeling of Spilled Oil Sands Products, Bruce Hollebone, Environment Canada (pending)

Case Studies:

Enbridge/Kalamazoo Case Study including Response Technologies for Oil Sands Products (then) and (now), Ralph Dollhopf, USEPA FOSC

Burnaby Spill Case Study, Bill Jahelka, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation

Assessing Natural Resource Impacts from the Enbridge Pipeline Spill into the Kalamazoo River, Jessica Winter, NOAA ORR ARD

Day 2:

Goals & Overview, Nancy Kinner, Center for Spills in the Environment
Potential Areas of Impact & Resources at Risk from Oil Sands Products in the Pacific States, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis & Danielle Butsick, Washington Dept of Ecology




For breakout group discussion:



NOAA, Sand Point Facility
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 9
Seattle, WA 98115

Driving Directions here>>

NOAA campus map here>>

Gate Check-in Procedures. Please have photo ID available. International guests, please see important notice below!


The Silver Cloud (University)
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Reservations: 800.205.6940

Block Code: Oil Sands Products (government rate of $137 per night)

Includes parking, breakfast and shuttle to/from NOAA facility.

Questions? Please contact kathy.mandsager@unh.edu (603.862.1545)